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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Loving Cities Index

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.

Key Thermostat Indicators

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  • Pre-Natal Health
  • Health Insurance
  • In-School Support Staff
  • Parks
  • Clean Air
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Food


  • Preschool Suspension Alternatives
  • K-12 Expulsion Alternatives
  • K-12 Suspension Alternatives
  • Anti-Bullying
  • School-to-Prison Alternatives
  • Early Childhood Education


  • Public Transit
  • Youth Safety
  • Banking
  • Affordable Housing
  • Livable Wages
  • Civic Participation


  • Gifted K-8 Curriculum
  • Experienced Teachers
  • Advanced High School Curriculum
  • Economically-Integrated Schools
  • Well-Resourced Schools
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Executive Summary

Executive Summary

A New Day: Replacing Racially Biased and Hate-Filled Policies to Create Loving Systems and Communities Where All Students Have an Opportunity to Learn

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The Loving Cities Index

The Loving Cities Index

The Index framework draws from the wisdom of communities and a strong research base to identify 24 indicators that represent supports associated with academic and economic success.

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