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Pathways to Early School Success

Pathways to Early School Success: Building Local Capacity project (also known as Pathways) was designed to help community-based early childhood coalitions support young children and their families, so that children get off to a strong start in school that will help them succeed in the early grades and beyond. To accomplish this, Pathways worked with early childhood coalitions on community outreach, a needs assessment, and evidence-based strategic planning. We focused on strategic planning in the areas of health and mental health, early childhood care and education, and family support. After conducting a pilot study in Virginia, we implemented the Pathways approach in communities in New York, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Oregon. We have also worked in a New Hampshire community and supported a statewide effort working with a number of communities across Illinois.

Although the initial phase of NCCP's Pathways work has been completed, the tools developed to support community strategic planning and capacity-building are now available for download. For additional information, please contact pathways@nccp.org.