Pathways Update and New Resources

The Pathways Initiative is going full steam ahead! Here’s a quick update on where we are in the process and some resources we wanted to share with you.
Update on Design Teams
The first two phases of the Pathways work (Data Action Team and Learning Teams  were to agree on a framework of shared measures of success and determine how North Carolina was doing on those measures. Areas for action were prioritized at the March Pathways Partners meeting, and Design Teams were launched in three areas:
  • Social-Emotional Health, including parent-child interactions, family supports and early intervention
  • High Quality Birth through age Eight Early Care and Education
  • Regular School Attendance
The three Design Teams have each held two of five meetings. At these meetings, the teams:
  • Divided into workgroups to consider sets of outcomes that connect to the measures in the Pathways Framework
  • Reviewed and added to lists of assets North Carolina already has that to make progress on those outcomes
  • Gave feedback on what NC would need to change, create, start doing or stop doing to advance the outcomes
  • Participated in a racial equity training with OpenSource leadership and began applying a racial equity frame to the Pathways work
  • Explored the root causes of current inequities in the systems serving children and families
Click here and scroll down to Meeting Materials for powerpoint presentations, meeting summaries and evaluations from the first two Design Team meetings.
The goal of the Design Teams, by meeting 5 in May, is to develop policy, practice, program and capacity-building agendas for change in NC around the prioritized areas of focus.
Pathways Resources
Through our shared work, we are building a robust set of tools that organizations, agencies and communities can use to advance their wor
  • The Pathways Measures of Success Framework. Use the Framework to determine how you can align with the Pathways Measures of Success. What piece are you advancing? How can you align your outcomes with the Pathways Measures? The Framework can serve as a foundation for strategic planning.
  • Pathways Webinar. This 11-minute webinar provides an overview of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative.
  • The Research Basis for the Pathways Measures of Success. The document provides data definitions of the Measures of Success and Pathways Influencers and shares the research for each measure, demonstrating the connections between the measures and third-grade reading proficiency. A list of sources is included for each group of measures.
  • Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative: What Do We Know? This document highlights what data is available in North Carolina on the Pathways measures and what data is not. Many key measures for young children on the pathway to early literacy are not collected and/or analyzed and made available to the public. Part of the Pathways mission is to improve the collection and sharing of these critical measures of success. Additional data sources are listed here.
  • What Works for Third Grade ReadingThese papers detail why each of 12 Pathways measures matter for third-grade reading, show their connections to other Pathways measures, define relevant terms and offer national research-based options that can impact the measures, including polices, practices, and programs and capacities. 
  • Webinar on What Works for Third Grade Reading. The webinar provides an overview of the working papers and shares other Pathways. resources that may assist communities in improving outcomes for young children. Presenters include: Mandy Ableidinger, Policy and Practice Leader, NC Early Childhood Foundation; Dr. Janice Gruendel, Senior Fellow, Institute for Child Success; Keller Anne Ruble, Associate Director, Policy Research, Institute for Child Success; and Tracy Zimmerman, Executive Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation.
  • COMING SOON! Local provider input from 14 community conversations held across the state in August and September. These conversations brought together a diverse group of 300 professionals who work with children birth through age to share state and local policy, practice and capacity recommendations to inform the Design Team work.
  • COMING SOON! Not About Me, Without Me: Raising Parent Voice to Guide Early Childhood Policy. This document will provide a meta-analysis of 18 parent surveys, focus groups, and meetings from across North Carolina, conducted by a wide range of organizations that support children and families.