Dubuque has been recognized as a national leader in creating a community that delivers the Five Promises to its youth. This includes being recognized as one of the 100 Best Places for Young People by America’s Promise in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. In addition, Forbes Magazine has also honored our community as the Best Small City to Raise a Family.
Every Child/Every Promise was established.
Every Child/Every Promise published the first-ever Community Growth Chart in 2008 to help us understand the overall health and well-being of our children. This snapshot of our community was a starting point for the actions necessary to provide every child in Dubuque and Dubuque County with the Five Promises.
Every Child/Every Promise synthesized stakeholder input from the Growth Chart to create the Youth Master Plan, a blueprint for our community to work together, draw in more resources, and create positive outcomes for children, youth and families.
The 2011 Youth Indicator Report released in November 2011 is the most up-to-date view of our community’s progress in keeping its promises to young people. This comprehensive report tracks the factors affecting our youth so that we can improve outcomes and help our children to flourish. Every Child/Every Promise partnered in the development of the Leadership Enrichment After-School Program (LEAP), which is facilitated by the Dubuque Community School District and funded by a 21st Century Learning Grant.
Every Child/Every Promise became a member of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Every Child/Every Promise receives 10 KidSmart Early Learning computers from IBM and distributes them to nonprofit childcare centers serving Dubuque’s most at-risk children.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading expands to two rural communities, Dyersville and Jackson County, with support from the Dubuque Campaign and an anonymous donor grant. The Dubuque Campaign is recognized as a Pacesetter community by the national Campaign for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes.
Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is recognized as a Pacesetter community for making measurable progress in the areas of summer learning and student attendance. The Campaign is also asked by the national Campaign to become a member of a pilot group of communities in the More Hopeful Futures Initiative.