About Us
HCZ® has achieved unprecedented success, helping thousands of children and families and disrupting the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem through our innovative and effective programs.

Our Methodology

Our goal is simple—to give our kids the individualized support they need to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults. Realizing this goal is difficult and complex, particularly since we are working with over 12,000 youth, many of them with tough challenges.

Unprecedented Scale
Unprecedented Scale
Unprecedented Scale
We are addressing the needs of the entire child and an entire community of children, making us a national model in education, youth and community development, and the fight against poverty.
A Holistic Approach
A Holistic Approach
A Holistic Approach
We provide comprehensive supports, offering exceptional education and social services, stabilizing families, preventing homelessness, and promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the Zone.
A Pipeline to Success
A Pipeline to Success
A Pipeline to Success
We have created an interlocking network of best-practice programs to support our kids at every stage of their development, from birth through college.
Starting Early
Starting Early
Starting Early
Because a child’s first years are critical for later success, HCZ has developed a series of interconnected early childhood programs to teach parents about child development and engage them in getting kids school-ready.
College Is the Answer
College Is the Answer
College Is the Answer
We have high expectations for every child, so our goal is to make sure each one gets to and through college and has the opportunities and tools to live a meaningful, productive life.
Driven by Data
Driven by Data
Driven by Data
We track 600 goals each year, carefully evaluating and refining our programs to ensure that each and every one is truly best-practice.
Rebuilding Community
Rebuilding Community
Rebuilding Community
We are partnering deeply with the community, working together to revitalize the neighborhood, make sure the needs of our children and families are met, and build a culture of success.
Building Character
Building Character
Building Character
With the support of our dedicated staff, our youth are developing the grit and perseverance they need to achieve their dreams and be their best selves.
Doing Whatever it Takes
Doing Whatever it Takes
Doing Whatever It Takes
We are committed to doing all we can to seek out and support the most disenfranchised residents of the Zone, going door to door, building by building, block by block.

Our Pipeline

Pipeline

In order to achieve long-term success, children need consistent, comprehensive support. Our pipeline begins at birth and helps kids every step of the way until college graduation through exceptional education, social services, family support, health, and community-building programs. By continuously assessing the progress of our youth, we can leverage the power of our pipeline to fine-tune our programs and ensure that we are fully addressing the needs of every child, at every age.

The Children's Zone®

97

blocks in Central Harlem

13705

children served

13284

adults served

Called "one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time," by The New York Times, HCZ takes a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community.

Spreading the Model

Due to the widely reported success of the Harlem Children’s Zone® Project, communities across the country and around the world have launched initiatives inspired by our model.

HCZ Helps Launch New Promise Zones
A Student Contemplates His Next Move
Students Come Together at HCZ’s Peace March
A Student Explores Nature’s Wonders
A Star Pupil Takes a Well-deserved Rest
A Student Has Fun Finding Her Voice
A Student Tackles a Tough Assignment
Students Take to the Stage in Snow White
A Student Sharpens His Tech Skills
Moms Bond at The Baby College®

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