Dayton honored as All-America City for reading success

Children making real progress toward grade-level work.

Staff Report

Dayton and Montgomery County have received the prestigious All-America City Award for progress in helping more young children achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

Dayton is one of 15 communities nationwide to receive the award from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League.

The 2017 All-America City Award winners are communities that have demonstrably moved the needle on outcomes for children from low-income families in at least two of the following community solutions areas: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level reading.

Locally, initiatives and groups including Preschool Promise, the BELL summer program, RTA’s Read on the Bus, Dayton Metro Library’s summer reading programs and the Junior League of Dayton have supported the community effort. In 2013, Mayor Nan Whaley led the creation of the City of Learners initiative to advance early learning success and achieve other goals.

Dayton is now a three-time All-America City Award winner. To learn more about the All-America City Award recipients, visit