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Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem.
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Pathways Action Map

The Pathways Action Map is a tool that can be used to drive action. Action that ensures every child in North Carolina is on the path to reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Is Your Workplace Family Forward? Get Certified.

Employers across North Carolina want to attract and retain the best employees, and they want those employees to be happy and healthy. Our Family Forward NC Employer Certification designates employers that offer policies and practices that support the health and well-being of working families and children.

How We Do Our Work

We work to promote understanding, spearhead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade. Much of this work happens through our initiatives:


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Supporting Children’s Optimal Development

Each child can have the opportunity to be on track by third grade with aligned policies and practices rooted in child development, including health and development on track beginning at birth, supported and supportive families and communities, and high-quality birth-through-eight learning environments with regular attendance. Learn about the issues that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

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Latest News

Reading to Grow through Attendance in Johnston County

One way to emphasize and support the goal of ensuring children are reading proficiently on grade level at the end of third grade is to help children and their families understand the importance of regular attendance as an influential factor…

Introducing the NCECF Science of Reading Fellows

Right along with the new school year, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s (NCECF) inaugural Science of Reading fellowship started in September and will run for the 2023-24 academic year. We are focusing on North Carolina educators serving students in…

Six Recently Released Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action Briefs

Actions that can strengthen NC’s early care and learning system in ways that are responsive to the state’s cultural diversity. Recently, we released the first of the five-part Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Policy and Practice Action Toolkit to provide guidance…
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