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National Black Child Development Institute

We work to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through advocacy, education and other outreach programs.

National Black Child Development Institute

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For nearly 45 years, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families.

We are a trusted partner in delivering culturally relevant resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children around issues including early childhood education, health, child welfare, literacy, and family engagement. With the support of our Affiliate communities across the country, NBCDI is committed to its mission "to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy."

NBCDI Affiliate Network

NBCDI's twenty-one active Affiliates, bolstered by thousands of members, are the heart of the organization, engaging in successful program and policy work by reaching deep into Black communities in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Fort Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Sacramento. To support them as they strengthen their capacity and engage in effective programming, we provide financial resources, professional development and technical assistance from our national office, located in Washington, DC through a combination of ongoing in-person and electronic communications. Some of our collective efforts include:

  • Health and Wellness
    • Through our health and wellness efforts, which are focused on improving nutrition and health outcomes for young children of color, NBCDI has reached more than 10,000 individuals, including children, parents, staff members and teachers in five Affiliate communities through in-depth community-based programming and the publication of its Child Health Talk magazine three times per year. Evaluations have demonstrated the program's success in increasing students' knowledge about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, while also improving their eating habits and the amount of time they spend doing physical activities.
  • Literacy
    • In our literacy work, NBCDI and its Affiliates have signed on as partners in the Raising a Reader program to engage educators in Affiliate communities in supporting reading readiness and fluency.​
  • Scholarships
    • Since October 2010, NBCDI has coordinated and distributed over 700 comprehensive higher education scholarships to teachers working in early care and education throughout the District of Columbia through the evidence-based, nationally-recognized T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood program.
  • Parent Empowerment
    • Parent Empowerment Project (PEP) training has also been provided to 20 additional professionals nationwide at the annual conference, who joined other participants in reporting that, after the trainings, they had increased their knowledge of child development and parenting skills, as well as community resources, and felt more able to stimulate their child's growth and development appropriately.
  • Early Childhood
    • NBCDI is a contributing and valued member of several early childhood coalitions at the national level, working closely with a range of partners and policymakers to advocate for positive, supportive and equitable funding and policy decisions that affect Black children, families and communities.

Known for our beautiful annual Calendar of Children, NBCDI produces a wide range of print and online materials, resources and recommendations to support parents, professionals and policymakers.

NBCDI's Annual Conference is a significant and special draw for 600 parents, educators and leaders dedicating to supporting Black children and families, who gathered from all across the country for the 44th time in Detroit, Michigan in October 2014.

In 2013, NBCDI released a ground-breaking report entitled Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child designed to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children-one which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not draw upon the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities.

In 2014, NBCDI release two state based reports entitled "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Michigan" and "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Wisconsin."

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