Kansas City has won a 2017 All-America City Award for its accomplishments in improving educational outcomes for low-income children.
The award was announced June 16th in Denver, Co. Kansas City was one of 15 communities selected. Read Kansas City Star article.
Winners selected were communities that:
- Demonstrate they have moved the needle on outcomes for low-income children in at least two of the following community solutions areas: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level reading.
- Address the National Civic League’s key process criteria of civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration and inclusiveness.
- Have a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most promising and proven programs, practices and strategies.
Here's a summary of Kansas City's application.
LINC has been deeply involved in the local Turn the Page KC initiative supporting reading outcomes through its out-of-school time program and also its involvement in summer learning activities.
Kansas City is the only Missouri community selected as a finalist. Kansas City is now a five-time winner of the All-America City Award given by the National League of Cities.
Launched in 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.