San Antonio, Texas
The GLR Campaign and National Civic League recognize San Antonio, Texas, as a 2017 finalist for the All-America City Awards. A five-time AAC Awardee, San Antonio is cited for reporting measurable progress in school readiness and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families, as well as for exemplary efforts in promoting civic engagement and inclusiveness. The City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pre-K 4SA, in partnership with United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition, the P–16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, San Antonio Housing Authority, local school districts and numerous community organizations are merging resources to help San Antonio’s young children follow the path to educational success. Cross-sector collaboration, community outreach, engagement, diversity and inclusiveness are key to San Antonio’s GLR Campaign, which reaches over 51,000 low-income children across 15 local school districts. Historically, the City of San Antonio has had a strong cross-sector of collaborators collectively working toward improving school readiness, school attendance and grade-level reading proficiency. Through the campaign, San Antonio was able to coordinate and integrate varied resources of dozens of committed partners to make a measurable community impact that is sustainable and scalable. The community uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to assess and track school readiness. Results from 2012 to 2015 reflect major improvements in all EDI domains among kindergarten students from low-income families, including those in every public housing community in the city. The community also reported a slight increase in overall grade-level reading during the same time period: 66 percent of third-grade students from low-income families scored “satisfactory” on the STAR reading assessment in the spring of 2012, while 67 percent scored “satisfactory” in the spring of 2015.