The Road Map Project is a region-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. 

The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), a nonprofit organization.

Below, you'll find updates from around the Road Map Project. Please email with any questions or comments. 
Best Starts for Kids holding community conversations 

Now is the time to help with  Best Starts for Kids planning! Passed in fall, this initiative aims to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families and communities.

Building off community conversations held during fall, upcoming gatherings will allow people to share their perspectives on the emerging framework. The main discussion questions will be "Are we on the right track based on what is important to you?" and "Are there any critical gaps that have been overlooked?"

For all gatherings, onsite registration begins at 6 p.m. and the conversations run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Here are the meetings in South King County:
  • April 21 -- New Holly Community Center in Seattle
  • April 27 -- Kent Family Center
More gatherings will be added in the coming weeks. To see a list of all community conversations, visit  
Opportunity Fair will connect youth to employment

In August 2015, a coalition of employers launched the  100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which is committed to creating meaningful pathways and hiring at least 100,000 opportunity youth (young people who have disconnected from school and work) by 2018. 

This employer-led coalition is partnering with the City of Seattle, King County, Educurious, United Way of King County, the Community Center for Education Results and other key partners to host an Opportunity Fair on May 5 at the Century Link Field Event Center. It will be a great day of connection and empowerment to leading companies and also a full suite of services, workshops and inspiration to help break down barriers for youth. Check out this  video from a recent Opportunity Fair to learn more. Interested youth and adult volunteers can register online at

Chime in on Race to the Top community-school partnerships
For the past four years, a $40 million Race to the Top grant has been supporting many Road Map Project strategies. A big piece of the grant focuses on building community-school partnerships. Next month, there will be an opportunity to share input on these partnerships. Interested people are invited to discuss results from the most recent survey on community-school partnerships in the region with RTI International, the grant's external evaluator. RTI will also unveil its second-annual report on the nature and quality of partnerships related to the grant. 

Here is the meeting information:

1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14
Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057
RSVP at     
Please email Cassandra O'Francia at with any questions. 
WCAN support available for College Signing Days

Photo courtesy WCAN

College Signing Day celebrates students who have achieved the life-changing milestone of committing to postsecondary options. Inspired by the  First Lady's Reach Higher initiative, Signing Day events motivate students to take charge of their future by completing their education beyond high school.

Join other schools and districts in our region and across the state and host a College Signing celebration at your school.  Click here to apply  for a support award from Washington College Access Network to help offset the cost of your celebration.