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Reading proficiency by third grade is a strong predictor of future academic success. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative (Pathways) works to improve grade-level reading and child well-being in North Carolina by advancing whole child, cross sector strategies that address the whole child, starting from birth.

What Is The
Pathways Action Map?

The Pathways Action Map is an online tool that is intended to drive actions that ensures every child in North Carolina—regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status—is on the path to reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

It does this by providing a snapshot of state and local-level initiatives that are currently leading in 44 action areas. The actions were prioritized as a part of Pathways using a collaborative process and racial equity lens. They represent the areas that NC needs to work on first to move the needle on grade-level reading.

The Action Map calls attention to strategies that improve outcomes for children of color and gives special consideration to initiatives led by people from communities most impacted by systemic inequities.

Are you working to advance one or more of the actions in your community or at the state-level?

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Pathways Action Map

To develop this tool, we need your input!

Consider what initiatives are best addressing the actions in NC. These may be initiatives you are involved with directly or know about in your community. Then, complete the Pathways Action Map Form linked below to submit information about the initiative.

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Why include your work on the Action Map?

  • Highlight your work to policy makers, funders. advocates, and community leaders across the state and country
  • Help to identify gaps and areas of momentum to build on that promote grade-level reading in NC
  • Connect with other leaders who are working toward similar goals
  • Learn from others who are leading and growing in their use of a racial equity lens 


What are the goals of the Action Map?

  • Inform key stakeholders about where NC stands in the prioritized action areas
  • Drive policy making, funding, advocacy and local action where it’s most needed
  • Spotlight initiatives that center racial equity and community voice
  • Promote collaboration by engaging and connecting diverse leaders across NC


Who will use the Action Map?

  • The primary audiences are stakeholders who are actively working to address early childhood systems change in NC—policy makers, funders, advocates, and community leaders
  • Families, service providers, educators, and others can also use the Action Map to learn more about what’s happening in NC and help drive action

What is an initiative?

An initiative refers to any type of effort that actively addresses one or more of the actions. It may be a grassroots effort, policy initiative, privately- or publicly-funded program, community task force, state-level workgroup, nonprofit, etc. Anyone who is knowledgeable about the initiative can complete the Pathways Action Map Form, preferably the primary contact. 

The Action Map will include initiatives that:

  • Are taking place in NC at the state or local level and are actively working to address one or more action
  • Provide examples of impact or potential for future impact
  • Identify a primary contact who can provide current information and updates

The Pathways Action Map is not intended to include everything that is happening in these prioritized areas in NC. Instead, it will spotlight a variety of NC initiatives that are leading and innovating in each of the action areas. The Action Map will feature initiatives that use a racial equity lens and incorporate community voices, especially the voices of youth and families, providers, and other leaders of color.

Suggested initiatives will be reviewed by a group of advisors to see how they match with the actions and criteria above. NCECF will not evaluate the effectiveness of the mapped initiatives, Users can reach out to initiative contacts to learn more.


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