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Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor


The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is excited to share our newest publication! From the foreword by Barbara Bowman of the Erikson Institute to a closing essay by David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child is designed to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children–one which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not draw upon the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities. Click here to learn more about this fascinating publication, and our most recent state-focused reports from Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.


The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is excited to share our two newest publications of the "State of the Black Child" Report Card series: Texas and Washington State. With the support of local advocates, community leaders, parents, caregivers, educators, and elected officials, NBCDI has designed these report cards to serve as powerful advocacy tools in highlighting and addressing the racial disparities in outcomes for Black children and families. The report cards provide advocates with high-priority policy recommendations to improve education, health and family support systems for Black children and families statewide.

SILVER SPRING, MD (Sept. 12) – The National Black Child Development Institute, Inc. (NBCDI) today announces its 49th Annual Conference to be held in Chicago, IL from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Kicking-off with a 2020 Census Mayoral Roundtable featuring Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; a first-of-its kind Town Hall Meeting on the School Push Out of Black girls featuring leading political strategist Angela Rye and culminating with Georgetown University’s Dr. Michael Eric Dyson delivering the closing luncheon keynote address. The four-day conference packs more than 100 workshops, seminars and training sessions designed to educate and empower advocates, educators and communities and partners that impact Black children and families across the country.

“As we prepare to celebrate NBCDI’s 50th anniversary in 2020, we’ve carefully designed the 49th Annual Conference to celebrate progress against our mission while ushering-in the next generation of leaders, innovation and advocacy for Black children and families,” said Tobeka G. Green, president and CEO of NBCDI

For our full press release, please click here.



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One of the five priorities identified in the National Black Child Development Institute’s (NBCDI) Action Agenda is to ensure Black children are no longer excluded from learning environments due to suspensions and expulsions that are all too common place in early childhood education settings.  As 2019 approaches and we equip Communities of Practice across the country to drive and implement policy changes that promote positive outcomes for Black children, the “Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education” White Paper includes a comprehensive review of best practices and policy opportunities at the state and local level. 


In 2014, under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released data demonstrating that Black children across the country are being systematically denied access to an early education at the most critical period in their development.  Black preschoolers are 3.6 times more likely to receive one or more suspensions than White preschoolers. Exclusionary discipline has no place in learning environments; all children deserve to experience an inclusive and affirming high-quality education. Today’s education system is not delivering on that promise. The disproportionate number of suspensions and expulsions incidences for Black children in early childhood education underscores widespread injustice and racial inequality in our early childhood education system.


To deliver on the positive outcomes that are possible through high-quality early childhood education, NBCDI encourages early childhood education systems to eliminate exclusionary discipline, address racial bias and provide inclusive, affirming early learning environments. 


Read NBCDI’s “Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education” here


To get involved in an NBCDI Community of Practice or learn more about this and other NBCDI policy initiatives, please contact: Chloe Jordan, policy@nbcdi.org.