Across Communities to Provide All Students an Opportunity to Learn


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Cities Index

Today, most significant indicators related to education, health and the economic success of children and families continue to show pervasive gaps in outcomes for people of color and low-income individuals. This is unacceptable.

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The Loving Cities Index helps cities begin the kinds of conversations and collaborations needed to adopt a comprehensive system of supports that provide all children with an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed. The Index measures access to 24 community and school-based supports in four areas of impact:

CARE: supports that provide a healthy, nurturing environment for physical and mental development.

STABILITY: supports that provide a safe, healthy living environment consistently over time.

COMMITMENT: supports that ensure each student’s unique potential is recognized.

CAPACITY: supports to provide the expertise and resources to meet all children’s needs.

Explore the 2020 Cities:

Albuquerque, NMAtlanta, GADallas, TXDetroit, MIHartford, CTJackson, MSMiami, FLOakland, CAProvidence, RISt. Paul, MN

2018 Cities:

Baltimore, MDBuffalo, NYCharlotte, NCChicago, ILDenver, COLittle Rock, ARLong Beach, CAMinneapolis, MNPhiladelphia, PASpringfield, MA


Key Thermostat Indicators

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  • Pre-Natal Health
  • Health Insurance
  • In-School Support Staff
  • Parks
  • Exposure to Air Toxins
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Food


  • Preschool Suspension Alternatives
  • K-12 Expulsions
  • K-12 In and Out of School Suspensions
  • Anti-Bullying Policies
  • School-to-Prison Alternatives
  • Early Childhood Education


  • Public Transit
  • Youth Mortality
  • Banking
  • Access to Affordable Housing
  • Livable Wages
  • Civic Participation


  • Access to Rigorous Coursework
  • Experienced Teachers
  • Access to Advanced Curriculum
  • Economically-Integrated Schools
  • Teacher Salaries
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About the Loving Cities Index

About the Loving Cities Index

The Index framework draws from the wisdom of communities and a strong research base to identify 25 indicators that represent supports associated with academic and economic success.

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