Honors & Affiliations

Learn to Earn Dayton is a proud member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a national movement of 70 communities working to get better results for 10.5 million students across the country. The Cradle to Career Network involves 10,800 organizations in 30 states and Washington, DC.

In 2018, Dayton/Montgomery County received StriveTogether's highest designation for driving student success through data-driven best practices.

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Also in 2018, Dayton/Montgomery County was one of just 10 communities to win funding to expand student-centered learning initiatives from StriveTogether, the Coalition for Community Schools and Communities in Schools.

In 2019, under the leadership of Learn to Earn Dayton, Dayton was one of 10 communities selected to promote economic mobility in partnership with What Works Cities, an initiative sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

In 2020, Learn to Earn was recognized for its leadership of the Montgomery County Birth to 3 Collaborative and was awarded a 3-year $350,000 grant by the Pritzker Community Initiative. This funding is supporting expanded access to early interventions for infants and toddlers, including evidenced-based home visiting, with a particular focus on improving health and education outcomes for African-American young children.

We work closely with the Lumina Foundation and share its 60% by 2025 national educational attainment goal. In 2017, Lumina selected Dayton as one of 17 cities to earn its inaugural "Talent Hub" distinction.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Learn to Earn Dayton are partnering with the National League of Cities Early Learning Nation initiative.

We are part of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and our community was recognized as a Pacesetter in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Dayton is a 3-time All-America City Award recipient. In 2017, it was recognized for its support for Learn to Earn Dayton and the community's work to promote school attendance and summer learning, as well as for exemplary efforts around civic engagement and inclusiveness.