Pathways Network utilizes national best practices and innovative locally designed approaches along with partnerships with over 35 government, faith based and community based organizations to create a collective impact network that enlists and coordinates resources to over 2,000 children, families, individuals and seniors annually.
This project involved increasing the quantity and quality of early education for disadvantaged children and families in San Diego County as well as in Downtown and South Central Los Angeles. This effort led to collaborations of over 13 organizations in San Diego and over 15 in Los Angeles offering greatly improved facilities, better trained teaching staff and higher quality early education opportunities to over 250 of the most at-risk children in these areas.
The I READ (Ready, Eager, Able, Developed) Initiative focused on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Research shows that children who fall behind early in their education are unlikely to ever catch up. If a child does not attain a solid educational foundation in reading by the end of 3rd Grade, he or she will likely struggle for the rest of their lives.
The I READ Initiative had three primary purposes:
1. To provide disadvantaged children access to literacy services and materials and ensure they are able to read at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.
2. Where families didn’t have access to quality early education facilities, to empower parents to be the first and best educators of their children.
3. To ensure coordination among the organizations serving these populations to leverage resources, avoid duplication of effort and act collectively to maximize impact.
The I READ Initiative was responsible for the distribution of over 135,000 books in San Bernardino County in 2014 and over 54,000 books in 2015. In 2016, this group partnered with Footsteps2Brilliance, a transformative pre-K through 3rd grade literacy solution that utilizes mobile technology to connect school, home, and the community for academic success. Its innovative Mobile Technology Platform allows comprehensive literacy apps to be accessed online or offline from any mobile device (Apple or Android) or traditional computer. This enables school districts, for the first time ever, to leverage the mobile devices that parents already own. In 2017, this platform was made available free to every child in San Bernardino County.