Grown in Durham
Durham's Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP)
Together, we can make Durham a place where ALL children from birth through 8 can THRIVE.
Read about Durham's Early Childhood Action Plan and navigate through the different website pages of this website to learn more.
What is the Durham Early Childhood Action Plan?
Who Created the Plan?
Why do we need an Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP)?
In Durham, not all children and families have the same opportunities to thrive. We believe all children deserve to grow up healthy, in safe and nurturing communities, where they can play, learn, and be ready to succeed in school and life.
Sharing the Plan
The 21 Durham ECAP Recommendations
Strengthening Durham's Early Childhood System
Address institutional racism as a root cause and share power with parents and communities.
Ensure early childhood professionals across sectors are respected, well-compensated, highly trained and reflect the communities they serve.
Increase resource awareness and create an easily navigable service system for families with young children.
Facilitate data sharing between agencies and with communities to better understand areas of greatest need, track progress, and promote transparency and accountability.
Ensure early childhood services are accessible and welcoming to families regardless of immigration status or English language proficiency.
Expand opportunities for accessible, inclusive, safe and family-friendly enrichment activities and public spaces.
Advocate for workplaces that understand and support the needs of families with young children.
Ensuring Durham's Young Children and Their Families Have Their Basic Needs Met
8. Ensure families with young children have economic security and opportunities for wealth-building and long-term economic prosperity.
9. Promote access to safe, stable, affordable and healthy housing for families with young children .
10. Ensure families with young children have access to enough affordable, culturally relevant, healthy food every day.
11. Ensure families have the essential family supplies needed to support pre- and post-partum health and to care for babies and young children.
12. Provide reliable and free or low-cost transportation to early childhood services.
Ensuring Durham's Young Children are Safe and Nurtured
13. Promote preventive and responsive approaches to foster social-emotional, mental health and resilience of young children and their families.
14. Reimagine Social Services and Child Protective Services to become more trauma-informed, anti-racist, and focused on prevention.
15. Ensure birth through 3rd grade learning environments, birth through 3rd grade, are trauma-informed, culturally affirming, gender affirming, and focused on social-emotional health.
Ensuring Durham's Young Children are Healthy
16. Create and implement approaches to culturally affirming, anti-racist maternal and child healthcare.
17. Ensure families have access to convenient, affordable, preventive and responsive maternal and child healthcare.
Ensuring Durham's Young Children are Learning and Ready to Succeed
18. Invest in a sustainable child care system to provide high quality, culturally-affirming, and developmentally-appropriate early learning experiences that are affordable and accessible to all.
19. Develop a coordinated transition between early childhood education and elementary school that emphasizes developmentally-appropriate practice, exploration, and play.
20. Ensure children with developmental delays and/or disabilities learn in environments where they can thrive and their families have the support they need to advocate and care for their children.
21. Promote and support play and early literacy for young children starting at birth in partnership with parents, guardians, and caregivers.