Welcome to Black Child Development Institute of
Events & Programs
Supported by the United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation, BCDI-Chicago has partnered with the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and Raising A Reader (RAR) to implement their award-winning early literacy program, Raising A Reader. This program is proven to support families in understanding the importance of regular “book sharing,” fostering children’s love of reading and promoting at-home literacy routines. The goal of this partnership is to empower Black families with effective and practical knowledge, tools, and resources to equip their young children with the early language and literacy skills needed to ensure their early academic success.
BCDI-Chicago holds general Affiliate membership meetings on a quarterly basis. Members receive a three-week email notice with the date, time, and location of all meetings. We offer additional opportunities for members:
- To make professional connections.
- To serve on committees.
- To work on direct service programs.
- To share thoughts and ideas.
- To receive mentoring and coaching from other professionals.
- To attend and participate in local and national professional conferences.
The Each One, Reach One program is a student support initiative focused on literacy and language development for children from elementary to middle school. Teachers and school administrators identify students in need of additional educational support in reading and writing. To date, our students have attended several Chicago Public Schools and Whittier Public School in Harvey, Illinois.
Sponsored by the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and Too Small to Fail, BCDI-Chicago’s Nutrition Education Project promotes healthy eating by offering nutrition education to children and families in our Affiliate community.