Who We Are

From the President


On behalf of our Board of Directors, Affiliates, staff and members, I would like to welcome you to the National Black Child Development Institute.

In 1970, the founders of the NBCDI made a promise. We are creating an organization, they said, that is dedicated to our children. It will be our mission to care about you; celebrate you; and provide for you – to improve and advance the quality of your life. We will be your advocates and supporters. We will be innovative, creative and relentless in helping you to achieve and succeed. We will see you in the context of your families, communities and cultures. We will believe in you.   

It is my great honor to be serving as Interim President and CEO of this organization, and to have inherited the legacy of this promise.  As a parent, director of a child care center, President of the BCDI-Atlanta Affiliate, and member of the National Board of Directors – as well as an accountant in a previous life! – I am committed to ensuring that NBCDI soars into its next chapter.  Indeed, over the last forty year, NBCDI and its Affiliates, members and partners have done extraordinary work to ensure the success of our children, families and communities. Yet deep challenges persist, and although our dedication has not wavered, our promises remain unfulfilled. 

Perhaps you are also a parent, or a teacher.  Maybe you are a community organizer or program director searching for resources and support around health, family engagement, education, or child welfare.  Maybe you are exploring ways to advocate for high quality early care and education, or you are searching for programs that are effective in working with Black children and families.  You could also be looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity or way to help others in your community. Whatever your reason for visiting NBCDI, we are glad you are here, and look forward to serving and supporting you – as well as the children and families in your life.

As you browse through our website, we encourage you to get involved – download and share our resourcesdonatejoin an Affiliate, and become a member.  Thank you for the work you do; we look forward to joining our strength together to fulfill the promises we make to our children, families and communities.    

All the best,

Cindra K. Taylor
Interim President and CEO