As part of the North Carolina Ready Schools Initiative, the North Carolina Partnership for Children convened expert teams to create a Toolkit of information and resources to enhance implementation and support the growth of Ready Schools. The teams included representatives from local Smart Start partnerships, the SPARK grantees (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, universities and colleges, DPI and other agencies, and non-profit institutions.
The Toolkit was designed to include instructional information about the Ready Schools Initiative and conceptual/philosophical information about the 8 Pathways, as well as lessons learned and best practices.
The Ready Schools Toolkit consists of 2 parts; the first part intended for use by schools and School-Based Teams and the second part designed to be used by Community-District Teams. Part 1 of the Toolkit was released in April 2011. Part 2 was released in October 2011.
We recommend using the Toolkit as a resource during the Action Planning and Implementation phases of the Ready Schools Process (view a chart showing the Ready Schools Process).
Both the School-Based and Community-District Teams are responsible for developing their own Ready Schools Action Plan. The School-Based Team’s Action Plan is intended to be integrated with the School Improvement Plan. Most Teams will begin by focusing on one (or more) of the 8 Pathways, based on the priorities identified during the Needs Assessment phase. Teams can consult the appropriate section(s) of the Toolkit for additional information and resources. Links to the resources listed in the Toolkit as well as others can be found on this website.