January 2018
We envision a community where every child is happy, healthy, and successful. 
Looking Ahead to 2018

Stephanie Cherrington, Executive Director of Eastside Pathways, reflects on the past year and shares her thoughts about the opportunities that lie ahead. 

Reflecting on 2017

Alaric Bien served as Board Chair of Eastside Pathways backbone organization in 2017. He reflects on the year gone by.

2017: A Review 

As 2017 rolled by, the Eastside Pathways partnership, supported by the small backbone staff, had some significant achievements. Most notably, the partnership was strengthened by the joining of Lake Washington School District and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation as partners, thereby expanding the impact area to beyond Bellevue. As 2017 drew to a close, the Eastside Pathways Board and the Partner Leadership Committee (PLC) met in December for a day-long strategic retreat to discuss the way ahead and goals for 2018. The end of the year also brought some great news as five of our partner organizations were awarded $855,000 over 3 years as part of the Bests Start for Kids investments to expand quality after school and summer learning opportunities.   Read more about our accomplishments and impact in 2017. 

The Calendar on our website is your resource for all Eastside Pathways events and meetings of the collaborative, as well as the meetings and events of our partner organizations. 

Click on a date to find out details of the meeting, the organizer, and a link to the registration page, if any. 

Partners, who would like to have their events and meetings featured here, can email 

Vote YES! for the Bellevue School District Levies
  • The Education and Operations Levy funds programs students and community expect every day.
  • The  Capital and Technology Levy  funds large scale capital improvements.
  • The School Bus Levy allows the district to buy additional buses. 
These levies will benefit over 20,000 Bellevue students. 
Vote YES! on the three levies on February 13, 2018.   Learn more 
Launch of NISO Promotores Program

Eastside Pathways is excited about the launch of the NISO Promotores Program here on the Eastside. Over 50 community members and Eastside Pathways partners were in attendance to learn about this new organization that was launched on January 9, 2018.  Read more
Break Out Of the Margin (BOOM) Experience

On December 12, 2017, over 300 students, volunteers and adults took part in the 3rd annual BOOM Experience that was held at Bellevue College. Read more.  Read more
How do we create positive, welcoming, safe schools?

The Bellevue School District is inviting parents and community members to share their thoughts on: "How do we create positive, welcoming, safe schools?"

January 18 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Highland Middle School

January 31 from 3:30 - 5 Tyee Middle School

More information
New investments expand quality after school and summer learning opportunities

Best Starts for Kids, in partnership with School's Out Washington, announced in December 2017, new investments to create more opportunities for children and young people to flourish outside of the school day. 

Five partners of Eastside Pathways - (and members of the Summer and Extended Learning collaborative Summer and Extended Learning collaborative) - The Bellevue School District, Boys and Girls Club, City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services, KidsQuest Children's Museum, and the YMCA of Bellevue were awarded $855,000 over 3 years. They will provide 195 unduplicated students experiencing homelessness with enriching summer and year-round programming. 

How to Plan a Results-Based Community Improvement Initiative
An article from  Clear Impact 

Planning is an essential component of any successful community initiative. There are many different ways to approach the planning process, but the best plans are results-based - they use data to guide decision-making. Using data to continually measure conditions of wellbeing allows communities to determine areas of need, focus resources and strategies on making the greatest impact, measure whether efforts are making a difference, and quickly adjust the plan as needed.

Eastside Pathways is a community-wide partnership on the Eastside that works collectively to attain better outcomes for children, cradle to career (birth to 26 years). We use the collective impact framework to work across sectors, focus on different goals to improve educational outcomes for children and make lasting systems. The partnership is supported by a backbone organization that mobilizes, convenes, and facilitates its work.