Adapting other successful models to our communities will be a learning process. To help this learning process, two zones were selected from an initially identified six in December 2014 through a process that combined community listening sessions, a written application by stakeholders in each zone, and an in-person conversation with the advisory council.
The two pilot zones are Zone 4 and Zone 6.
Zone 4 (click for larger map)
- Located between I-40 and I-85 in central Orange County,
- Includes A.L. Stanback Middle and New Hope Elementary
- Zone 4 data shows Approximately 1 in 4 kids under 18 are living in poverty
- 55% of kids at Zone 4 schools receive free or reduced lunch
- Test scores for Zone 4 schools show that 53% of 3rd graders are not proficient in reading and 63% of 8th graders are not proficient in math.
In their application, Zone partners described hearing concerns from parents about their children’s emotional, physical and social well-being, their safety, and their academic achievement. Parents, both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking, identified the schools as safe, nurturing and positive places for their children and a source of support and connection for the entire family. Zone 4 is fortunate to have many community partners as well as school staff and parents who are working to build and strengthen the five parts of the pipeline. Families and local organizations, many of whom have felt unheard and unimportant in the past, have expressed excitement and anticipation in the work that has already begun and in future possibilities as part of the Family Success Alliance.
Zone 6 (click for larger map)
- Densely populated zone that encompasses from downtown Chapel Hill southwest to Highway 54
- Strong history of the neighborhoods in this area gives the community a sense of identity
- Highest estimate of kids under 18 living in poverty – an estimated 878 kids
- Further, local data shows that approximately 30% of children at Zone 6 schools receive free or reduced lunch
The Zone 6 application highlighted early childhood development as the weakest part of their pipeline from cradle to career/college, as they feel the Zone has lost early education resources due to funding changes. Zone partners look forward to promoting the rich cultural history and diversity of their community to create a sense of unity to collaborate on projects that better the community.