Entering its 46th year of pioneering advancements for Black children and families, the National Black Child Development Institute is positioned to lead early childhood education experts, advocates, policymakers and professionals today and into the future as it adds new members to its already esteemed Board of Directors.
From its inception, NBCDI has been focused on achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable children impacted by poverty and racial discrimination. Today, the National Affiliate Network operates in communities across the country implementing nationally driven programs for children and families on the ground in key early childhood education areas including: family engagement, health and wellness and literacy.
"The growth and sustainability of the National Black Child Development Institute is critical to the ongoing advancement of our children, families and communities," says Dimitrius M. Hutcherson, Chairman of the NBCDI Board of Directors. "I firmly believe that the leadership of an organization is a signal of both of those things. We are excited to welcome three new members to our midst who bring diverse and deep expertise at this critical time for Black children and families."
The National Black Child Development Institute's new Board of Director Members include:
Kristal High, ESQ.
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief
Mark M. Lee
Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP
Senior Director Corporate Relations
"I couldn't be more pleased that the Board of Directors is expanding to include more visionary and committed leaders," says Tobeka G. Green, NBCDI President and CEO. "Our collective aim is that 2016 will be one of the most innovative years in our organization's history and new expertise and talents on our Board will only help to ensure we meet that goal."
NBCDI is also widely known for its "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor" national and state reports. First published in 2013, these reports challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children-one which typically overemphasizes limitations and deficits-to highlight the strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by Black children and families. It features contributions from noted leaders and organizations in the early care and education field and Affiliate states. Four state reports have been published to date: Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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."
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-relevant, culturally responsive, trauma sensitive and evidence-based programs promoting high-quality early care and education, literacy, health, and family engagement.
For more information, visit us online at www.nbcdi.org.