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"Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois"

In 2012, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) launched the “State of the Black Child” Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to create effective resources that challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children—one that overemphasizes limitations and deficits rather than drawing upon the considerable strengths, assets, and resilience demonstrated by our children, families, and communities. This initiative resulted in the release of our national report followed by state-based reports from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

The goal of these reports is to provide data-rich information on our children’s progress and to address the needs of state policymakers, principals, teachers, parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders by highlighting successful programs and policies, identifying cutting-edge research about Black children’s strengths, and developing recommendations for a future research and policy agenda. We are deeply grateful for Alliance for Early Success for their continued support of this initiative.

Download the Illinois report: Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois