Join us for the 2017 All-America City
Each year, the All-America City Award, America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition, is given to communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. In 2017, NCL and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will recognize communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on the key drivers of early reading success.
From June 14-16, hundreds of civic and community leaders, public officials and educators from across the country will come together for the 2017 All-America City Awards Gathering to recognize communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments and are leading the way on grade-level reading efforts. Communities nationwide are invited to attend the AAC Awards Gathering to reflect and share what they have learned and explore how to achieve even bigger outcomes.
2017 All-America City Award Finalists Announced
We are proud to announce 27 cities have qualified as finalists for the 2017 All-America City Awards. This year’s AAC Award finalists represent the diversity of American communities from large urban centers to rural communities. AAC Award recipients will be announced and honored on June 16 at the All-America City Awards Gathering. Communities nationwide are invited to attend the gathering to share successes and challenges, celebrate extraordinary results and explore new strategies to achieve bigger outcomes.
2017 All-America City Award Finalists
- San Antonio, Texas
- Springdale, Arkansas
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Stockton-San Joaquin County, California
- Suncoast (Manatee & Sarasota Counties), Florida
- Syracuse, New York
- Tahoe Truckee, California
- Wake County, North Carolina
- Worcester, Massachusetts
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.
Download the official press releases
- 2017 All-America City Award Winners Announced, April 27, 2017
- Over 190 Communities Step Up to be Recognized for Exemplary Progress in Advancing Early Literacy, February 16, 2017
For more information, please contact:
Ron Fairchild, Director
GLR Support Center
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading