East Durham Children’s Initiative

$100,000 over two years

The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) was formed in 2009 to provide a comprehensive continuum of supports that address the challenges of chronic and inter-generational poverty. The goal is to offer a conveyor belt of services from infnacy through high school to support chldren’s social, emotional and academic growth. The EDCI model is based upon the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City. Researchers from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University measured the program efficacy of two interventions and began to build a comprehensive, longitudinal database for all EDCI programs.