How are children faring in your community? New resources support data-driven decision making

Updated June 1 

Two of NCECF’s partners have released updated data resources on how young children are faring in NC. The Pathways Data Dashboard, to be released this month, will complement them.

NC Child’s County Data Cards

NC Child has released the 2020 county data cards. They provide local snapshots of child well-being by county. For 2020, the county data benchmarks indicate how NC’s children were faring before the pandemic and give key indicators of child well-being to track as recovery unfolds. They also compare county data to children in the state as a whole. County data cards present the latest data for key indicators in five areas of children’s well-being:

  • A Strong Start
  • Family Economic Security
  • Nurturing Homes and Communities
  • Health and Wellness
  • High-Quality Education. ​

Click here to download the statewide data card for North Carolina

Click here to view the full data sources for the 2020 County Data Cards

Click here to search for your county’s data card.

BEST NC’s Facts & Figures

BEST NC has released the 2020 Facts & Figures: Education in North Carolina guide. It includes five sections on the full educational experience in North Carolina, from cradle-to-career, including early childhood, student achievement, demographic and enrollment trends, educator preparation, district-level compensation analysis, and more. 2020 Facts & Figures is available at

As always, the guide includes the Pathways icon on every measure that is also a Pathways to Grade-Level Reading shared measure of success. Look for the lightbulb!


Coming Soon: Pathways Data Dashboard

Stay tuned for NCECF’s release this month of an interactive, online dashboard of early childhood data measures that influence third-grade reading. The dashboard is part of Pathways’ work to improve the collection, analysis and use of early childhood data in NC. It can be used by state and local policymakers, government agencies, community service providers, child advocacy organizations, Smart Start partnerships, and others to better understand how young children in North Carolina are doing on more than 60 measures that matter for third-grade reading proficiency. In keeping with our equity lens, the dashboard presents data whenever it is available at the state level, compared to national averages; at the county or school district level; by race and ethnicity; by income; by age; and over several years.