Imagine eight-year-old Naia is preparing to go to school - only she can’t shower because the water is murky - and she has to bathe in the sink using bottled water. Naia later has to share a bottle of water with her family in order to brush her teeth.

Silver Springs, MD, October 3, 2022: The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is pleased to announce Lee Johnson III, Ph.D., CHES®, IMH-E® has joined its leadership team as Vice President of Policy. In his new role, Dr. Johnson will develop and lead NBCDI’s preeminent advocacy and thought leadership initiatives, distinguished research and publications, and equity-advancing public policy and legislative agenda.

Without massive changes in state and federal child care policy, it may be too late to save thousands of closed child care businesses and infeasible to create new ones