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.

Providence was one of 14 communities out of over 100 applicants named as an All-America City by the National Civic League today based on its ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.