Delray Wins All America City Title For Third Time


Staff report

Delray Beach has been awarded the title of All-America City for the third time.

The city is the only in the state to accomplish this feat. The city was one of 15 communities across the country to be recognized last month at a conference in Denver.

The city was awarded the title for its civic engagement to help young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

“It’s such an honor to receive our third All America City award, the oldest (1894) and most prestigious civic award by the National Civic League,”Mayor Cary Glickstein said.  “We are the only Florida city to have accomplished this. Working together, we have made meaningful and measurable progress in addressing one of our country’s greatest challenges – improving reading proficiency among our youth.”

A panel of judges reviewed reports from 27 communities that were nominated as finalists. The communities had to meet the following criteria:

Demonstrated they have 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.

Addressed the National Civic League’s key process criteria of civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration and inclusiveness.Created a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling proven and the most promising programs, practices, and strategies.

Bonus points will be awarded for communities that have a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most promising and proven programs, practices and strategies.