Official Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Black Child Development Institute President Leah Austin, EdD., released this statement in response to the forced resignation of Dr. Barbara Cooper, the former Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.


The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is launching The Public Voices Fellowship on Racial Justice in Early Childhood in partnership with The OpEd Project. We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Fellowship. Partners in the fellowship include The OpEd Project, Dr. Iheoma Iruka, and Sandra Wilcox Conway. 

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.