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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?

From Our Partners

National Association for the Education of African-American Children with Learning Disabilities (AACLD) (2012-2014)