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The NBCDI Policy Fellowship will elevate and accelerate Black leadership in executive-level policy positions that make decisions for and support the health and well-being of Black children and families. Throughout this two-year program, NBCDI Policy Fellows will incubate new approaches to policies and reform systems to help Black children realize their full potential and brilliance. Read NBCDI's announcement of our first cohort of Policy Fellows 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.

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has partnered with ZERO TO THREE to promote the Think Babies™ campaign, ensuring that Black infants and their families have the tools and skills needed for them to thrive from birth. Join the Think Babies™ campaign and become an advocate for policies that can help your baby and family thrive.

  • Attend a Town Hall Meeting: “Town hall” meetings are a great venue for you to share your concerns with your elected officials. Elected officials as well as your state and local leaders will regularly hold these sessions which are open to the public. They usually include a question-and-answer session – giving you the opportunity to share the Think Babies™ message and ask about infant-toddler issues.
  • Meet with Your Elected Official: All Members of Congress have “district work periods” when they meet with constituents in their home state or district. Schedule a meeting to discuss existing policy positions regarding babies and families.
  • Share Your Story: The Think Babies™ campaign is working to make the potential of every baby a national priority. Your story will bring to life what babies and their families need to thrive.

Additional tools and resources are available at: https://www.thinkbabies.org/take-action/toolkit/

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.

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.

In response to the urgency created by recently proposed policies and their implications for Black children and families, the National Black Child Development Institute's (NBCDI) Annual Parent Power BootCamp will shift its focus to address preschool suspensions and expulsions.

NBCDI's Action Agenda issues a challenge to "early learning systems to eliminate preschool suspensions and expulsions in early childhood education and provide appropriate support for teachers responding to the needs of children." The change in this year's BootCamp will enhance our coordinated response to the egregious, yet pervasive, issue of preschool suspensions that impacts Black children at a disproportionate rate. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed to omit a question regarding whether a child between the ages of 0-5 was subjected to preschool suspension/expulsion on the 2017 National Survey of Children's Health.

NBCDI will use the momentum from our response to the HHS issue this past week to amplify the suspension and expulsion crisis in our communities during National Black Child Development Week: May 14-20, 2017.

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. The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), in collaboration with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), has written a policy brief to encourage state administrators and elected officials to consider the unique and diverse needs of all children and families as they implement the new provision of the Act.
 

This one-pager lists ways that you can help every child succeed.

"Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Pennsylvania" 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.

"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, the re-nowned child development expert.

NBCDI asks only three questions to drive our policy agenda: Is this good for Black kids and families? If yes, how can we support it? If not, how can we make it better?

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