Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ)

Note: The HCZ program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Communities experiencing poverty

Program Overview

The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is designed to end intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem and lead the way for other long-distressed communities nationwide and around the world to do the same.

HCZ aims to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with on-the-ground, all-around programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work, and life. From early childhood, education, and career programs to community outreach and wellness initiatives, HCZ hopes to open pathways to mobility and prosperity.

HCZ’s mission centers around the belief that the most powerful way to fight poverty is to invest in every opportunity for people to rise above it. From education and employment to housing and healthy living, HCZ aims to do whatever it takes so that Central Harlem’s children, families, and communities can live up to their promising futures.

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ).

Manuals and Training

Publicly available information indicates there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

The following studies were not included in rating HCZ on the Scientific Rating Scale...

Dobbie, W., & Fryer Jr, R. G. (2011). Are high-quality schools enough to increase achievement among the poor? Evidence from the Harlem Children's Zone. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(3), 158–187. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.3.3.158

The purpose of this pretest-posttest study with a nonequivalent control group (quasi-experimental) was to provide the first empirical test of the causal impact of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) charters on educational outcomes. Measures utilized include information from files at HCZ and administrative data on student demographics and outcomes from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Results indicate both lottery and instrumental variable identification strategies suggest that the effects of attending an HCZ middle school are enough to close the black-white achievement gap in mathematics. The effects in elementary school are large enough to close the racial achievement gap in both mathematics and ELA. Limitations include small sample size, nonrandomization of participants, and lack of follow-up. Note: This study was not used for rating Harlem Children’s Zone in the Place-based Initiatives topic area because it did not study outcomes related to children maltreatment as defined in the topic area definition.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ).

Contact Information

Harlem Children’s Zone
Website: www.hcz.org
Phone: (212) 360-3255

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2022

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2022

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2022