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Thank you for joining National Black Child Development Week!

National Black Child Development Week raises community awareness about important issues impacting Black children and families. In honor of the children and families we serve, the voices of concern raised by our nation's young people and leaders across the country, and NBCDI's 45th Anniversary, National Black Child Development Week 2015 highlighted the importance of literacy and systems of support in our mission to improve the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.

Education is still one of the surest pathways to success in life. As part of NBCDI's Love to Read initiative and our efforts to provide strengths-based solutions to address the educational gaps Black children often face, we engaged families and partners in a week-long series of interactive and affirming activities to support Black children's language and literacy development.


People and partners across the country participated with us each day:

Sunday, May 10: Make a Meal with Mommy (Mother's Day)

NBCDI, in partnership with Oldways, developed the "Good for Me!" cookbook which helps children build language and math skills while creating healthy meals for the family. Spend the day making a special meal for mommy.

Download recipes for a sneak preview at the Good for Me! Recipe Book, which will be coming soon!

Monday, May 11: #liftuplearning Twitter Chat from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Join NBCDI and our Affiliate network as we team up with our partners in a "Systems and Solutions" Twitter chat to discuss and highlight language and literacy development strategies and systems that help our children and families excel. Keep your eyes open for the #liftuplearning hashtag to participate!   

Tuesday, May 12: Build Your Child's Brain

In collaboration with our new national partner, Vroom, NBCDI will highlight opportunities to turn everyday moments into brain building opportunities via Vroom's new app and other developmental resources. Visit www.joinvroom.org on your cell phone or tablet to download the Vroom app. 

Wednesday, May 13: Brown Bookshelf Workshop

NBCDI and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood D.C. ® program will partner with The Brown Bookshelf in Washington, DC to celebrate the many African American voices writing for young readers by hosting a literacy workshop for early childhood educators. Don Tate and Kelly Starling Lyons, two of The Brown Bookshelf's award-winning children's book creators, will host a presentation on the importance of culturally relevant books and share their suggestions for selecting and incorporating quality books into your classroom or home.  CLICK HERE to download the event flyer.

Those local to the D.C. area are invited to join us May 13, 2015, 5:30pm- 7:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library- Room A-5 located at 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Thursday, May 14: Library Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt encourages Black families to visit the library to rediscover the goldmine of books, fun activities and resources that local libraries provide for the community. Download the Library Scavenger Hunt Information.

Friday, May 15: Screen Free Night

Join NBCDI, our Affiliate network and our partners at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) in a commitment to unplug from digital entertainment and connect with family and friends by spending that free time playing, reading, creating and exploring. Check out 45 Screen-Free Activities in celebration of our 45th Anniversary!

Saturday, May 16: Affiliate Family Fun Events

Celebrate Black children and families with exciting literacy-based activities in Affiliate communities across the country; in partnership with First Book, Vroom and local partners!   Connect with an Affiliate near you to get involved in your community!