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Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support youth education beginning with pre-school, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

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City leaders sought to raise the prominence and economic prowess of Gaithersburg through creation of a world class book festival. Five years after its creation in 2010, the event has solidified the city's position…

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Thinking strategically about child care and preschool programs when making land use decisions and creating economic development plans can provide a big boost to early learning opportunities. In Santa Monica, a city ordinance…

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To improve outcomes for young children, early literacy must be a community-wide priority. When city leaders focus attention on early literacy they can be an important catalysts for change by communicating the significance of strong…

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Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are places where parents can go to get information on raising and educating their children. Funded through the Fort Worth public library, city staff help families learn how to develop their children's…

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Many factors influence the quality of child care and early education programs, but perhaps none matter more than the education and experience of early childhood providers. Consequently, developing a well-trained workforce in early care…

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Across the US, city officials and community members understand that positive educational experiences in the earliest years of life are critical for children to achieve long-term success and grow into productive members of the community.…

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New Mexico's ranking of 49 nationally for child well-being inspired local government, schools, neighborhoods, churches, business and nonprofit communities to joined forces to address this challenge.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo…

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Georgia State University has made a major turnaround in the last 5-7 years. Previously they would have been viewed a standard urban university situated in downtown Atlanta with mediocre persistence and student graduation rates. However…

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Salt Lake City, UT is currently home to 3 different Community Learning Centers (CLC). A CLC is a physical space but also based upon a set of philosophies and partnerships between a school and other community…

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The City of Providence, Rhode Island has experienced many successes while expanding participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) while also increasing engagement of elected officials around the issue of child nutrition over…