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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 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence (Initiative) released the Faith-Based and Community Leaders Early Learning Toolkit (Toolkit) in early October at the 46th Annual National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) Conference in Orlando, FL.

Child Health Talk provides information, advice and resources to parents and providers about children's health and well-being. Published three times per year with the support of State Farm and Walmart, CHT features articles, recipes, and activities that cover a range of topics, including literacy, safety, development, nutrition and physical activity. Download the newest issue here.

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.

For 48 years, NBCDI’s Annual Conference has brought together thousands of early childhood educators, K-12 teachers, administrators, social workers, health professionals, elected officials, researchers, and representatives from colleges and universities, community and faith-based organizations, business and government entities who share our mission and are working to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.

Download the preliminary brochure for our 48th Annual Conference to explore the incredible workshops, plenaries, and special events we have in store for you October 13-16 in Dallas, TX.