Success Planning

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Success Planning

Success Planning pairs each child and youth with a caring adult Navigator to help them access tailored supports and opportunities—both in and out of school. This approach has the potential to reshape our education and child development systems. Yet Success Planning is largely underemployed. We launched this research to learn how communities can harness this strategy to ensure all children and youth learn, grow, and thrive. We are happy to announce the launch of our new Success Planning Community of Practice


New video introduces our Success Planning framework and explains how a personalized, relationship-driven approach can make a powerful difference in children's lives.

Featured Resources

Cost estimatorStudent Success Planning Cost Estimate Tool

This interactive tool enables school districts, communities, policymakers, and researchers to identify the costs associated with the four components of the Success Planning framework.

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Navigator guide coverIn a Time of Disruption, Schools Must Ensure Every Child is Known: Quick Resource Guide to Start a Navigator Program

This guide is intended to help school leaders implement a Navigator program as a first step in creating a comprehensive Success Planning system.

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What does Success Planning Look Like?

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Build a system of adult “Navigators” who know students well and have the capacity to develop individualized plans and facilitate children’s access to supports


Eliminate systemic disparities that disproportionately affect students of color, low-income children, those with learning differences, and English learners


Empower children and youth to discover and pursue their academic and non-academic strengths and interests, set short- and long-term goals, and identify needs


Celebrate each child’s assets and use a customized approach to create a plan and identify individual strengths, interests, and needs


Connect with a wide array of academic, health, and other support services to meet the needs of children and youth from cradle to career


Establish clear strategies, processes, and structures for identifying and delivering supports and services to each child and youth both in and out of school


Provide coordinated, comprehensive services by creating a clear structure and establishing collaborative relationships with partner organizations across multiple sectors


Use feedback and data from multiple sources—such as students, families, and agencies—to regularly assess impact on multiple outcomes and enhance the quality of services provided


Use digital platforms that meet high standards of data security and protect student and family privacy


Identify long-term funding sources and create organizational structures to ensure consistent implementation over time