Mayor Angel Taveras joined with Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi and the Mayor's Children's and Youth Cabinet (CYC) to release a report that establishes baselines to track progress in Providence's schools, and to officially introduce Rebecca Boxx as the CYC's new director.

Brown University President Christina Paxson says, “The CYC offers an opportunity to maximize the value and effectiveness of our collaborations with the myriad youth-serving organizations and agencies in our city and state, improving the prospects of achieving meaningful results for our schools and the students they serve."

A citywide action plan to improve education from “cradle to career” was unveiled Wednesday. The report outlining the plan — Educate Providence: Action for Change — was written by the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, a nonprofit collaborative reconvened by Taveras and recognized by the White House last week for its work.

Mass Insight, an organization with expertise in assisting Districts with school turnaround, cites Providence's efforts to make community partnerships a building block of its Innovation Zone.

Cities of Service has announced that it has awarded Providence a $25,000 grant supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies to implement Leyendo, a service-based initiative to boost reading levels for Providence students who are not reading on grade level and speak a language other than English at home.

The Mayor's Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC), a collaboration of public, private, and nonprofit leaders housed at Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform, was among 31 organizations from across the nation recognized as Together for Tomorrow Challenge winners for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Mayor read aloud to Providence elementary students to participate in Read for the Record, a national initiative to break the world record for the most people reading the same book in one day.

The Mayor delivered a keynote address to an audience of about 100 United Way executives from across the nation, highlighting Providence's efforts to improve grade-level reading.

The America's Promise Alliance chose Providence for the 4th time in the past decade to be named one of the 100 best communities for young people. Students, parents and schools were all part of the application process that shines the light on the positive things happening for youth in Providence.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced Tuesday that Providence will be the first city for its new Evidence2Success program. The initiative calls on organizations that work with vulnerable children to work together to collect data on child well-being, redirect funds towards proven programs and create new and innovative partnerships.