The Evidence-based Program for the Integration of Curricula (EPIC) is a comprehensive early childhood program specifically designed for preschool children from an underserved, minority urban population. Developed and scientifically validated through a federal grant from the Interagency School Readiness Consortium (IRSC), EPIC takes an intentional, systematic and intense approach to skill development, assessment, family involvement, and professional development in early childhood education. EPIC maximizes early learning by using a child-centered approach that draws on all of the resources surrounding the child: classroom, home, and learning community. The comprehensive EPIC program includes:
For more on EPIC:
2010 EPIC Research Brief [pdf], by John Fantuzzo, Vivian Gadsden, and Paul McDermott.
Plant a Seed: A New Head Start Curriculum Improves the Odds for Preschoolers
Penn GSE News, Fall 2008
McDermott, P. A., Fantuzzo, J. W., Waterman, C., Angelo, L. E., Warley, H. P., Gadsden, V. L., & Zhang, X. (2009). Measuring preschool cognitive growth while it's still happening: The Learning Express. Journal of School Psychology, 47(5), 337-366. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2009.07.002
The Educational Well-Being of African American Boys: A Philadelphia Story of Challenges and Possibilities
Albert M. Greenfield Memorial Lecture summary. Watch a video of the lecture, here.