EDCI works to provide a continuum of high-quality programs and services for children and youth living in a 120-block area of East Durham. These programs make up EDCI’s pipeline of services. Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, EDCI is committed to supporting children and families with services offered from the time the children are born, through early childhood, elementary, middle and high school. These include school, home and community-based efforts addressing the needs of the whole child. Using a managed resource model, EDCI partners with over 20 organizations in Durham to provide its pipeline of services.
EDCI partner organizations include a variety of non-profits, community-based organizations, universities and government agencies committed to working in East Durham. EDCI coordinates and leverages efforts in the EDCI zone, including working with community members and partners to identify gaps in services so that resources can be directed to these areas. Some EDCI pipeline programs provide direct services to children and parents, while other efforts target schools and the neighborhood. EDCI’s goal is to provide services that support every child’s success at school and the development of a safe and thriving neighborhood.
Early childhood programs, serving children from birth to five years old and their parents, are an important component of EDCI. The earlier children enter the EDCI pipeline, the better their chances are for success in the future. Families enter the pipeline at birth through a home-visiting nurse program, followed by in-home parent education and assistance provided by family support workers. Childcare enhancements and kindergarten readiness programs are also offered to help prepare young children for school.
- Durham Connects
- Healthy Families Durham & Jumpstart
- Stepping Stones
- Triple P
- Childcare Subsidy Prioritization
- EDCI LEAP Academy Preschool
- Durham’s Transition to Kindergarten Initiative
- EDCI Early Childhood Parent Advocates
- Lincoln Early Childhood Initiative
- Incredible Years Parent Program
- EDCI Story Hours
EDCI currently focuses its efforts on students at YE Smith Elementary School. Built on a strong partnership with Durham Public Schools (DPS) and school administration, EDCI and its partners enhance DPS educational reform efforts at YE Smith by providing additional out-of-school learning opportunities such as tutoring and summer programs, as well as arts programs, health and nutrition initiatives, school resource development and parent groups. EDCI also focuses on supporting parent engagement at school and at home through our Parent Advocate Program.
Middle & High School
Middle & High School
YE Smith Elementary School is a feeder school for Neal Middle School and Southern High School, EDCI's target middle and high schools. EDCI partners currently work with Neal students through expanded learning time initiatives, academic enrichment, graduation coaches and a mental health support group. Vocational training and drop out prevention efforts are offered as well. EDCI plans to focus more on services for middle and high school students in the future as children move through the pipeline.
EDCI understands the importance of community involvement, leadership and pride to the sustainability and success of our initiative. EDCI continues to build relationships with, and seek feedback from, East Durham community members and groups through various efforts including a Community Advisory Board, participation in community events and forums, parent engagement, and relationships with local businesses and churches.