EDCI Elementary Programs

EDCI STEAM Saturday Program

STEAM Saturdays focus on topics related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math — and expose students to professional careers in STEM fields.

EDCI Middle Years Family Advocates

The EDCI Family Advocate program helps kids succeed at school by: providing a link between parent, teacher, and child; encouraging parents to advocate for their children’s educational success in elementary school; and referring families to community resources.

EDCI Youth Leadership Council

The mission of EDCI’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is to inspire, educate, and empower youth to become advocates of health and wellness within the East Durham community by providing training and leadership development opportunities for elementary and middle schoolers.

EDCI BellXcel Summer Learning Program

An intensive five-week summer learning experience targeting low-performing students at EDCI Zone elementary schools. Scholars participating in BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) camps have successfully demonstrated learning gains in reading and math over the summer months.   


EDCI’s STEAM Summer camp is a free, full-day, six-week academic enrichment program designed to combat summer learning loss among students in grades 3-5 who live in or attend school in East Durham.

Tigers Save

Tigers Save is the pilot children’s savings program at Y.E. Smith Elementary School. The program helps families prepare for college through matching deposits through eighth grade. 

YMCA Camp High Hopes

The YMCA's Camp High Hopes reduces summer learning loss and provides EDCI Zone kids with summer fun and activities. 

Out-of-School Learning

Y Learning

Y Learning is an after-school tutoring program offered to students at Y.E. Smith Elementary School.


Kidznotes provides children in the EDCI Zone with free-of-charge classical, orchestral music training to develop students’ potential for success at school, as well as self-confidence, discipline, and social skills. 

DPS Before and Afterschool, Summer Camp

Before and afterschool programming offered by Durham Public Schools Department of Community Education at Y.E. Smith and Eastway elementary schools.

Literacy and Academic Achievement

Books on Break

This program combats summer learning loss by providing a new string backpack and 10 self-selected books to elementary school students on free or reduced lunch at the start of summer. 

Emily K Center

The Emily Krzyzewski Center offers academically-focused programs and preparation for college programs to students in grades K-12 in Durham County. Interested elementary schoolers can apply for (self-nominate) the Emily K Pioneer Scholars program, which is available for students in grades 1 t…

HillRAP Tutoring

The Hill Reading Achievement Program (Hill RAP) is offered at Y.E. Smith Elementary for students with reading and comprehension learning differences. Trained Hill RAP tutors provide specialized reading instruction to struggling students for short periods outside of the classroom.

Rotary Reading Rangers

The Reading Rangers program provides books and volunteers to offer extra literacy assistance to Y.E. Smith Elementary School students during instructional time.

Duke Gardens

Duke Gardens, in partnership with EDCI, welcomes EDCI Zone families to enjoy the beauty of this museum for plants.  

Nasher Museum of Art

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University partners with EDCI to encourage a love of art through in- and out-of-school enrichment opportunities, field trips, curriculum materials, and student art exhibits.

Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science works closely with EDCI and Y.E. Smith Elementary to offer a variety of fun and experiential learning opportunities to children and families in the EDCI Zone.

Health and Wellness

BackPack Buddies

Children and families receive a backpack containing six nutritious and balanced meals at the end of every week. BackPack Buddies partners with EDCI Summer Lunch to give families backpacks every Friday.

DINE for Life

DINE for Life provides Y.E. Smith Elementary and the EDCI LEAP Academy with a nutrition curriculum and hands-on cooking classes and also supports school wellness and walking teams.


Playworks Coaches enhance and transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity, while decreasing bullying behavior, increasing physical activity, and supporting learning.

Family Engagement

Technology Access

Families without household access to a computer can receive a free one through the Kramden Institute in Durham. EDCI Family Advocates can write referrals for families with a student in the 3rd grade or older.

"The Incredible Years"

This program strengthens parenting skills and encourages parent involvement in children’s school experiences to strengthen their academic, social, and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems.

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