Our Approach

Pathways Community Conversations

The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) is very excited to be partnering with 14 communities in North Carolina to provide input into how to create the best possible future for young children in North Carolina. Pathways is working to ensure that each child has the opportunity to be on track by third grade by aligning state and local policies and practices around child health and development, supportive and supported families and communities, and high quality learning environments.

These conversations will bring together a diverse group of professionals working with children birth through age eight in the following counties: Bertie, Beaufort, Cabarrus, Chowan/Perquimans, Durham, Forsyth, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Union, Wake, Watauga, Yadkin and Yancey counties.

At the meeting, participants will focus on three priority areas for children birth through age eight:

  • Social-Emotional Health and Development
  • High Quality Early Care and Education
  • Regular Attendance

They are being asked to give voice to:

  • the best of what supports us in, and what gets in the way of, our work to eliminate disparities among groups of children in the prioritized areas, and
  • the best of what supports us in, and what gets in the way of, our work to help all children make progress in the prioritized areas.

This toolkit is designed to assist communities hosting NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading conversations. We encourage you to review the toolkit in its entirety as it includes background that is not available in the individual files.

Download the Toolkit Book – MS Word, PDF

The toolkit includes:


  • NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) Overview
  • Design Teams

Planning Documents

Templates for Communications to Participants

Internal Meeting Materials

Public Meeting Materials

  • Overview of Materials – Please be sure to read this document and explains how to use all of the documents. – PDF
  • Participant Agenda- MS Word
  • Pathways Handout – PDF
  • Children in Our Community Worksheet- MS Word, PDF
  • Policy/Practice/Capacity Examples- PDF
  • Policy, Practice and Capacity Note Paper- MS Word, PDF
  • Policy, Practice and Capacity Statements- MS Word, PDF
  • Evaluation- The Evaluation is available online or PDF

Final Report

  • Report Instructions- PDF
  • Report Template- MS Word


In addition, Pathways has developed data sheets for each community.

Community Data Sheets


Many Thanks to Our Expert Toolkit Contributors