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Black Child Advocates Across the Country Launch “Week of Action” to Mobilize and Empower Families

Media Advisory
May 13, 2016


Contact: Tameka Bell, Communications Manager, National Black Child Development Institute
Email: tbell@nbcdi.org
Website: www.NBCDI.org
Twitter: @NBCDI

Black Child Advocates Across the Country Launch "Week of Action" to Mobilize and Empower Families

National Black Child Development Week (NBCDW) will be held May 16 - 21. During the week, themed "A Week of Action," educators, advocates, professionals, parents and caregivers will join together to empower and mobilize families and communities. NBCDW will raise awareness around the need for early learning centers and schools to provide wrap-around support services that benefit the whole child; provide parents and caregivers with the tools to advocate for educational equity; engage with thought leaders on the pre-school to prison pipeline; and highlight activities that promote healthy brain development.

National Black Child Development Week is organized by the National Black Child Development Institute. Partners for the week include the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans[TG1] , Vroom, The Education Trust, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

For 46 years, the National Black Child Development Institute-in partnership with their National Affiliate Network-has worked to ensure that Black children and their families have access to high equality early care, equitable education and culturally relevant resources, supports and curriculum. Learn more at www.nbcdi.org.

Who: National Black Child Development Institute

What: National Black Child Development Week: A Week of Action

When: May 16-21

Where: In cities across the country, including: Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Online:  Follow the Week of Action using the hashtag  #NBCDIWeekofAction

Join the Twitter Chat on Monday, May 16 from 12-1 p.m. EST.  Members of our community and leading issue experts will discuss the value of wrap-around supports. Follow the hashtag: #NBCDIWholeSchoolWholeChild

Participate in the Parent Power BootCamp on Wednesday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. Tune in to the livestream http://bit.ly/NBCDIParentPower or follow #NBCDIParentPower on Twitter.

ABOUT NBCDI: For 46 years, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has been at the forefront of engaging caregivers, policymakers and advocates around issues that impact Black children and families. We are a trusted partner in delivering evidence-based, culturally-relevant and trauma informed curricula, training and resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children and families. Our areas of focus include early care and education, health and wellness, literacy and family engagement.  With the support of our National Affiliate Network in communities across the country, we are committed to our mission "to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy."