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Black preschoolers are nearly four times more likely to receive one or more suspensions than white preschoolers.

National Black Child Development Week (NBCDW) raises community awareness about important issues impacting Black children and families. The 2017 theme, “Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor” will educate, empower, organize, and mobilize us to reclaim and reframe the predominant narrative about Black communities by highlighting the inherent strengths, assets, and resilience demonstrated by Black children and families.



Saturday, May 20: Being Black Is...


In November 2014, with broad bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized the Child Care Development Grant Block Grant Act (CCDBG), the major federal child care program, for the first time since 1996. The new law makes significant advances to support early learning and financial security for families and children.

During Black History Month 2017, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) partnered with Too Small to Fail to share information and resources to help families talk, read, and sing together. Although Black History Month 2017 has ended, these resources are available year-round to continue to celebrate the beauty and brilliance of Black children and families!

Black History Month Q&A with  NBCDI President and CEO , Tobeka G. Green