Hampton Roads, Va. - April 1, 2016 - NBCDI President and CEO Tobeka G. Green welcomes a new member to the organization's National Affiliate Network during a chartering ceremony on April 2, 2016. Early childhood experts, advocates, partners and parents from across the Hampton Roads area have come together to create an organization that will-with support from the national office-implement programs, partner with organizations including Barnes and Noble and provide resources for addressing family engagement and literacy, while engaging in advocacy that focuses on achieving positive outcomes for Black children and families in the Southeast region of Virginia.
"NBCDI Affiliates and the work they do are the heart of our organization. We are excited that BCDI-Hampton Roads is bringing together so many communities in one region and joining us in our mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families," says Ms. Green.
NBCDI's volunteer-driven network of Affiliates in communities across the country partners with families, children and partner organizations to implement culturally-relevant and evidenced-based programs promoting high quality early care and education, literacy, family engagement and health and wellness.
"With such a rich history and such a worthy cause, BCDI-Hampton Roads is proud to become an Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute," says Darlene D.M. Walker, BCDI-Hampton Roads' President. "The Affiliate will implement programs, engage in policy and provide services within our local community; as well as develop and participate in coalitions to build a stronger, broader, more engaged network to work collectively towards improving the lives of Black children and families."
BCDI-Hampton Roads will serve the region of Southeast Virginia. The area includes the following cities: Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Williamsburg. The Affiliate will monitor national, state and local legislation that impacts Black children and families and the membership will advocate for Black children and families in the Hampton Roads area. They will also convene and participate in community forums to educate and inform policymakers, parents, educators and the general public on issues affecting Black children and families.
"We're incredibly pleased by BCDI-Hampton Roads' emphasis on parent and family engagement as the National Black Child Development Institute launches its newly revised curriculum for the Family Empowerment Program," continued Ms. Green. "We know that where parents, caregivers and families are empowered and engaged, children and communities succeed."
The new Hampton Roads Affiliate is hosting a chartering ceremony on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, with a wide range of distinguished guests and community members.
"Our Affiliate has been working diligently to create a solid foundation to ensure the success of children and families in the Hampton Roads region," says Dr. Nicole Austin, Vice President, BCDI-Hampton Roads. "Programs focused on academic, social and emotional gains for children as well as parenting initiatives are among our initial projects. While there's definitely much to be done, I'm looking forward to BCDI-Hampton Roads making a positive impact in the region."
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 and wellness, 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.