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2017 All-America City Award


On June 16th, 15 U.S. communities were honored with the 2017 All-America City Award for their civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level proficiency and early school success.1821 (1)

“We applaud the ’big tent’ coalitions in these award-winning communities. They put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading and made some ‘big bets’ to improve the odds for early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Those big bets are paying off in more hopeful futures for so many vulnerable children in these communities.”

“So many communities are doing a great job in using collaborative efforts to improve grade-level reading, that it was hard to select this year’s award winners,” said Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League. “This year’s All-America Cities are engaging a diverse cross-section of residents, businesses, nonprofits and other stakeholders in the grade-level reading effort, which will help sustain their achievements over time.”

2017 All-America City Award Recipients:
Click the community name to learn more about their outstanding efforts to improve early school success.

2017 All-America City Award Finalists

Award winners in 2017 are communities that:

  • School Readiness – More children from low-income families ready for school and developmentally on track, or fewer children entering kindergarten with undetected, undiagnosed and untreated conditions or delays that can impede learning.
  • School Attendance – More children from low-income families attending school regularly or fewer children chronically absent because of manageable health challenges such as asthma and preventable ones such as tooth decay.
  • Summer Learning – More children from low-income families maintaining or increasing their reading levels over the summer.
  • Grade-Level Reading – More children from low-income families reading at or above grade level at the end of first, second, and third grade.

  • Civic Engagement and Collaboration — comprehensive citizen/resident engagement in decision making and action planning, cross-sector collaboration (business, local government, nonprofits, military, etc.) and regional collaboration.
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity — recognition and involvement of diverse segments and perspectives (ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, people with disabilities and others) in community decision making.

Bonus points will be awarded for communities that have a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most proven and promising programs, practices and strategies.


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For more information, please contact: 
Ron Fairchild, Director
GLR Support Center
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading