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Yonkers Early Childhood Initiative

(ECI)

The Yonkers Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is a partnership of  public and private organizations and community residents dedicated to fostering the well-being of Yonkers children from birth to age five.  Founded in 1998 under ANDRUS leadership with generous support from the Surdna Foundation and in partnership with the Healthy Yonkers Initiative (HYI), ECI is a community collaborative that has grown to include families, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, schools, businesses and other stakeholders  who are committed to promoting healthy early childhood development.  Our mission is to insure that young children in Yonkers are born and raised healthy, are supported by their families and communities, and enter school ready to learn and achieve their potential.

Our goals at ECI are to increase community awareness about the importance of early childhood, foster collaboration and planning to create a stronger service system, build on community assets to strengthen neighborhoods and families, and improve access to quality childcare and healthcare.  Two of our earlier accomplishments include the establishment of the annual, award-winning “Yonkers Family Day” to celebrate, recognize and support Yonkers families, and production of the Yonkers Early Childhood Data Book in 2000 and 2004 which documents the needs and resources of our community.   In addition, we have produced the “Welcome to Yonkers, Dear Baby” resource manual for new parents and “Your Yonkers Baby” newsletter, helped to bring multiple new grants into Yonkers for collaborative service projects, provided training for early childhood professionals, conducted outreach about health insurance for low income families and influenced public policy on behalf of children and families. Currently, the ECI collaboration plays a role in the ANDRUS public awareness campaign for childhood adversity education.

  • ECI meets bimonthly at ANDRUS, 1156 North Broadway, Yonkers.

For more information, contact Corine E. Lurry at (914) 968-1663 or clurry@jdam.org.