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Who We Are

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For 46 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 families. With the support of the organization's National Affiliate Network, NBCDI is committed to its mission "to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy."

BCDI-Denver Mission 

BCDI-Denver aligns its mission with the National Black Child Development Institute's “to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy.”

BCDI-Denver Vision 

BCDI-Denver has adopted BCDI-Houston’s expansion on NBCDI’s vision of a society that ensures a successful future for all children, families, and communities. 

Who We Are 

Chartered on June 6, 2015, BCDI-Denver's journey began two years prior when Cassandra Johnson, Dorothy Shapland, and Sena Harjo of The Nest Matters started working to bring an NBCDI Affiliate to Denver. With support from the Buell Early Childhood Leaders Alumni Action Research Grant, The Nest Matters researched Denver's neighborhoods in search of "high opportunity" areas specifically for African American children and their families. On September 11, 2014, The Nest Matters held a public forum to determine if there was a community interest in bringing an NBCDI Affiliate to Denver. That evening, the Denver Interest Group (DIG) of NBCDI was formed, meeting the 25 membership requirement to exist as an interest group before the meeting was adjourned.

As one of the only national organizations dedicated exclusively to the success and well-being of Black children, the National Black Child Development Institute and its National Affiliate Network have been a powerful and effective voice on issues related to the education, care, and health of Black children and their families.

NBCDI delivers high-quality 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. NBCDI's volunteer-driven National Affiliate Network operates in communities across the country, partnering with children, families, and other organizations to implement culturally responsive, trauma sensitive, and evidence-based programs that promote high-quality early care and education, literacy, health, and family engagement.