Our Strategy

North Carolinians agree that we must improve third grade outcomes. We have a powerful legacy of innovation and success to build upon.

Doing so is as much about process as it is content. That is why we focus on outcomes and a collaborative effort driven by research to define North Carolina’s measures of success beginning at birth that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading success by third grade and actionable strategies for large-scale progress.

Our strategic plan begins with:

  • Convening a Data Action Team to analyze research-based, whole child, birth-to-eight indicators (measures of success) within the context of North Carolina’s strengths and needs. Composed of child development, health and literacy content experts, the Council will recommend measures of success to align state policy and action.
  • Engaging state and local leaders in the selection and prioritization of the measures of success. Throughout the Early Literacy Development Council’s process, we will engage and consult with public, business, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, including a collaborative process to review, prioritize and endorse the measures of success at an Early Literacy Summit.
  • Prioritizing accountability by working with our partners to collect data to track, analyze and report progress on the measures of success.
  • Gaining first-hand understanding of what those closest to children want and need in order to contribute to the success measures.

NCECF’s work is driven by the measures of success – everything we do is grounded in supporting an aligned effort to advance policies and practices that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading success by third grade. To that end, NCECF:

Builds public will by:

  • Fostering understanding of the key stages of birth-through-eight child development to build support and action on the measures of success.
  • Creating urgency and focus by tracking and reporting progress on success measures.

Promotes practice and policy solutions by:

  • Curating, synthesizing and sharing practices and policies proven to achieve results on the shared measures of success.
  • Promoting actionable strategies and providing practical guidance about what families, professionals, institutions, communities and policy makers can do to advance progress toward the success measures.
  • Convening a network of organizations and individuals that serve as statewide leaders in achieving progress on the measures of success and actively pursue progress as a shared purpose.
  • Advancing state and local policy on the success measures and understanding of what is needed and what works.

Together, we can define shared birth-to-eight measures of success to build public understanding, drive aligned action, and advance state and local policies that support each child being on a pathway to grade-level reading – all rooted in research and an understanding of what those closest to children need. For North Carolina to prosper, each child needs the best opportunity to succeed, to realize his/her potential and to contribute as a productive citizen.