In June 2012, 124 cities, counties and towns joined us in launching the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network. Each community is developing comprehensive strategies to improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence, and promote summer learning in ways that put students on track for reading proficiency by the end of third grade.
The 2012 All-America City Grade-Level Reading Award honored 14 communities with the most comprehensive, sustainable plans for improving early literacy. The 2016 awards, sponsored by the National Civic League, will honor those communities that have made the most progress toward this goal.
United Way Worldwide, representing more than 1,200 member agencies across the United States, and the National League of Cities, a resource and advocate for 19,000 U.S. cities, towns, and villages, are partners in this effort.
The 160+ communities in our network represent 41 states, 350 school districts and more than 8 million school children. All have submitted Community Solution Action Plans focused on the readiness, attendance, and summer learning challenges. The Campaign and its partners are providing the communities with access to experts, technical assistance, policymakers and foundations. Read more about the network in this feature story.