Policy & Advocacy
“Oasis of Hope, Health, & Help: Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Michigan’s Black Children”
“Achieving Healthy Weight and Freedom from Obesity-Related Health Problems in Black Children: A Call to Action”
In response to the urgency created by recently proposed policies and their implications for Black children and families, the National Black Child Development Institute's (NBCDI) Annual Parent Power BootCamp will shift its focus to address preschool suspensions and expulsions.
NBCDI's Action Agenda issues a challenge to "early learning systems to eliminate preschool suspensions and expulsions in early childhood education and provide appropriate support for teachers responding to the needs of children." The change in this year's BootCamp will enhance our coordinated response to the egregious, yet pervasive, issue of preschool suspensions that impacts Black children at a disproportionate rate. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed to omit a question regarding whether a child between the ages of 0-5 was subjected to preschool suspension/expulsion on the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health.
NBCDI will use the momentum from our response to the HHS issue this past week to amplify the suspension and expulsion crisis in our communities during National Black Child Development Week: May 14-20, 2017.