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By Dimitrius M. Hutcherson @dmhutch1 & Tobeka G. Green @Tobeka Green

On the heels of Black History Month with its stories, documentaries and reminders of the rich legacy of Black Americans, we were also reminded of some of the unfortunate tribulations from which such resilience, creativity, intelligence and activism were born. A people, shackled. Enslaved. Un-and mis-educated. Abused. Tested and experimented upon. Yet-we rose.

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.

Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Pennsylvania is based upon the model of the national report published in 2013, challenges the prevailing discourse about Black children-one which typically overemphasizes limitations and deficits-to highlight the strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by Black children and families. It features contributions from noted leaders and organizations in the early care and education field and within the state. Read the report.

 

Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois challenges the prevailing discourse about Black children—one which typically overemphasizes limitations and deficits—to highlight the strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by Black children and families. It features contributions from noted leaders and organizations in the early care and education field and within the state including: Erikson Institute, Illinois Action for Children and Ounce of Prevention. The foreword is written by Dr. Barbara T. Bowman, renowned child development expert. Read the report.

Entering its 46th year of pioneering advancements for Black children and families, the National Black Child Development Institute is positioned to lead early childhood education experts, advocates, policymakers and professionals today and into the future as it adds new members to its already esteemed Board of Directors.