The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) was formed in 2009 to provide a pipeline of services and supports, beginning prior to birth and lasting to adulthood, for the children of East Durham and their families that will allow children to become high academic achievers and successfully complete college or vocational training. The model is based on the acclaimed Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) initiative in New York City. Some of the programs included in the EDCI continuum include: Durham Connects, Healthy Families Durham, K-2 Parent Advocates, Backpack Buddies, and HillRAP afterschool programs at Y.E. Smith Elementary school.
Through funding from both the Oak Foundation and the Brady Education Foundation, CCFP led a rigorous evaluation of EDCI programs and the initiative as a whole. With these two grants, EDCI ensured that their programs were implemented with a high degree of efficacy and ensure continuous quality improvement. This evaluation provided a unique opportunity to measure the collective and individual effects of these coordinated programs on child well-being and educational outcomes, both at the individual child level and at the community level.