Pathways Recommendation

Hire additional support staff, including trained school counselors, social workers, school nurses, child care health consultants, school psychologists, behavioral health specialists, literacy coaches and family advocates in child care and school settings to work with children and families on social-emotional concerns, attendance, and other social determinants of health.

Pathways Action Map > Expectation 3: Education Action 3.20: Hire Sufficient Support Staff

Why This Matters

School support staff include specialized instructional support personnel and other staff members who provide various supports to students, families, and educators in schools and early care and learning settings. They play an important role in ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive environment, contributing to interdisciplinary teams, and increasing child and family access to needed services.1  Many NC schools do not have sufficient support staff to meet the needs of their students.2

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