In February 2012, the board of directors and board of trustees approved the launch of a new Children's Bureau national initiative: development of advocacy and training programs to promote learning from the Magnolia Place Community Initiative (MPCI). Our ultimate goal is to be a national catalyst for the emergence of many more large scale community transformation initiatives aimed at helping vulnerable children be successful. This represents a quantum leap for Children's Bureau as we expand from helping thousands of vulnerable children to helping millions using our new influence capacity!
Furthermore, a leadership team from Hartford, Connecticut came to study the MPCI. The mayor and 11 other representatives from philanthropy, education, National League of Cities, a local university and their children’s commission all came for a two-day learning experience created by MPCI leadership along with Dr. Neal Halfon from UCLA's Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities (one of the backbone groups of the MPCI). The Mayor of Hartford announced his support to replicate learning from the MPCI in Hartford. The Hartford team acknowledged MPCI as the vanguard and their pleasure to follow us up the learning curve. Roughly speaking, that will allow us to impact 100,000+ people!