EDCI Parent Advocates support the academic, social, and emotional success of children and families in the EDCI Zone, from early child hood through middle school.

They support children’s academic success through academic interventions that improve reading efficiency. Advocates also offer parent engagement activities designed to create effective learning environments at home. They work together with parents to ensure that children are socially, emotionally, and physically prepared to succeed in school.

More than 200 families and nearly 500 children are actively engaged with an EDCI Parent Advocate through home visits, information and recommendations, school support, referrals to partner programs, general support and intervention.

Meet the Advocates!

Early Childhood Family Advocates

Carla Fryling 

Denise Blanco-Duran

María Mejía  

Middle Years Family Advocates

LaDonna Brown  

Carmen Ortiz

Natalie Pickett

Youth Program Advocates

Darryl Barnes

Katherin Castillo

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