EDCI Early Childhood Programs

EDCI Early Childhood Parent Advocates

These bilingual EDCI team members are dedicated to walking alongside EDCI Zone families with children ages birth to five years old on their path to kindergarten. They provide monthly in-home education and support based on parents’ identified needs and interests, connections to resources, access to books, and parent cafes. 

EDCI Story Hour

Monthly story hours in Spanish promote reading and literacy for young children and their caregivers.


A high-quality, half-day, bilingual preschool program for children in the EDCI Zone between three and five years old who would not otherwise have any preschool experience before entering kindergarten. 

Access to Childcare

Childcare Referral and Education

Counselors at CCSA provide information about childcare options in the community, the features of quality care, and referrals to programs that can meet specific family and child needs.  

Childcare Subsidy Prioritization

EDCI works closely with partners Durham County Social Services and Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to improve family access to high-quality childcare. Through these initiatives, families living in the EDCI Zone may be prioritized to receive childcare subsidies and scholarships. 

Kindergarten Readiness

Stepping Stones

This summer program, through Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, helps incoming kindergartners at Y.E. Smith Elementary School who haven’t had any experience in a childcare setting prepare for kindergarten. 

NC Pre-K Application Assistance

EDCI and Durham’s Partnership for Children support family access to the NC Prekindergarten program. Bilingual application assistance is provided to families at the EDCI office by trained staff and volunteers.  

Transition to Kindergarten Initiative

A series of special events and resources offered by Durham’s Partnership for Children and Durham Public Schools throughout the year for teachers and families to help make the transition to kindergarten smooth. 

Health and Wellness

Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Initiative

An initiative aimed at improving children’s mental health while reducing the need for intensive hospital-based care and improving school attendance and academic performance.

LCHC Early Childhood Initiative

Lincoln Community Health Center connects families with young children from the EDCI Zone to mental health services and to an EDCI Early Childhood Parent Advocate for additional support.

Parent Education and Support

Triple P

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) gives parents with young children simple tips to help manage challenging behaviors in positive and effective ways. Several EDCI staff members and partners are trained and available to share Triple P tips with interested families. 

Healthy Families Durham and Jumpstart

Weekly, home-based family support programs help parents promote their child’s development, create safe home environments, and prepare their child for school. Bilingual family support is offered to EDCI Zone families with children birth to three years old, as well as pregnant moms.

Durham Connects

Through this program, nurses make home visits to mothers and their newborns to make sure they are on track for healthy development and connected to the resources they need. One bilingual nurse is dedicated to working with families specifically in the EDCI Zone. 

Early Literacy

Book Babies

Kindergarten-readiness program that delivers 10 new books to low-income children every six months until they start kindergarten via home visits. The program also provides parents with literacy tools and activities.

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