About this Initiative
Year Started: 
Social issue: 
Education and Youth
Initiative stage: 
Implementing and Sustaining Impact


Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America (the), Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Initiative Purpose and Goals: 

The Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) initiative is all about possibility. What would be possible if…

  • We adopted shared, whole child, birth-to-age-eight measures that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading?
  • We coordinated strategies to support children’s optimal development beginning at birth?
  • We aligned policies and practices that were rooted in how children develop?

This collaborative of diverse leaders is building on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to reach for a bold vision:

All 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.


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