Early Childhood Leaders Gather to Move NC Forward on the Pathways Action Framework

Early childhood leaders from many sectors, including health, early education, K-12 education, and family and community supports, gathered on November 22 to move North Carolina forward on the Pathways Action Framework. One hundred attendees representing government agencies, nonprofit organizations, the private sector, foundations, and research institutions met at the Blue Cross Blue Shield NC offices in Durham to: 

  • Hear updates on early childhood data development work facilitated by Pathways in 2019
  • Learn about statewide initiatives to operationalize portions of the Action Framework, including building a comprehensive social-emotional health system for young children and co-creating a shared structure for listening to and learning from families
  • Share their knowledge on what is already happening in NC on the Pathways Actions, including key players and barriers to moving forward
  • Hear from candidates in the 2020 race for NC state superintendent of public schools on how they could see NC moving forward on operationalizing the education system actions in the Action Framework.

NCECF staff shared that in 2020 Pathways will support the formation and facilitation of a Pathways Action Council and undertake Action Mapping. The goal is to take stock of the work currently being done in North Carolina to move the Pathways Actions forward and to illuminate where further action is needed.

The day was grounded in racial equity, learning from and engaging with families as genuine partners in systems change, and taking a cross-sector, birth-through-age-eight approach to early literacy. Click here to access:

  • Summary report about the meeting
  • Slideshow
  • Meeting agenda
  • Meeting materials
  • Attendee list
  • Input on the Pathways Action Map, provided by attendees