Pathways To Grade-Level Reading
An Initiative of the NC Early
Our VisionAll North Carolina children, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, and all children with disabilities achieve expressive and receptive communication skills commensurate with their developmental ages, so that they have the greatest opportunity for life success.
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.
It does this by providing a snapshot of what’s happening in North Carolina in over 40 prioritized Actions areas that relate to early childhood. The Actions were identified by hundreds of cross sector stakeholders involved in the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) initiative, using a racial equity lens.
If implemented effectively, the Actions will begin to realize the Expectations that Pathways partners hold of North Carolina’s birth-through-age-eight child and family systems. They are not the whole universe of what could be done.
They are a start.
Pathways Action Map
Explore the Action Map to learn more about state and local initiatives working in different Action areas outlined in the Pathways Action Framework. Policy makers, funders, advocates and others can use the Map to learn about current initiatives, who is leading them, where the gaps are, where local innovation is happening, and more. The goal is to build awareness and drive action where it is most needed.
The Map is organized by Expectations, Actions and Initiatives.
Begin exploring by selecting one of four Expectations below. These are what Pathways expects of North Carolina’s child and family systems to support each child’s healthy growth and development:
To Grade-Level Reading
Pathways is bringing together diverse leaders working across disciplines, sectors, systems, and across the political aisle to imagine what is possible for North Carolina children and families. Together, Pathways partners have co-created shared measures and aligned policies and strategies that support children’s success. The Pathways Action Framework, released in 2018, outlines the policy and strategy areas that Pathways partners identified for action first in NC—children’s social-emotional health, high quality early care and education, and regular school attendance. Using a racial equity lens, over 100 Design Teams members drew from their own experiences and considered input from local providers, parents, and national research on what moves the needle in each of these areas, specifically for children of color. These are the prioritized Actions you see in the Map. Pathways has created two Frameworks and online tools to go with them. The Pathways Action Map is visualizes the Pathways Action Framework. The Pathways Data Dashboard visualizes the Pathways Measures of Success Framework. Both tools can be used to improve third grade reading and child well-being in North Carolina using a whole-child, birth-through-age-eight approach.