The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Calendar of Children. The calendar will emphasize activities that reflect NBCDI's core programs- children at play, with their favorite books, making healthy meals, engaging in outdoor activities and more.  The calendar is one of NBCDI's signature products. For more than 40 years, it has served as a testament to the beauty and strength of Black children and families and an acknowledgment of Black achievement. 

Join our community of early educators, advocates, leaders, policymakers, professionals, parents and caregivers for the 46th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute. The four-day conference themed "'Til Victory Is Won," will feature dynamic keynote addresses and presentations from global leaders spanning a range of topics including early care and education, brain development, family engagement, racial equity, literacy, health and wellness, fatherhood and public policy. The conference will be October 1-4, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The Parent Power BootCamp is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the changes it requires of their children's schools and schools districts. The Parent Power BootCamp will empower and mobilize families to use this opportunity to advocate for equitable systems that support Black children and families. 

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.