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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 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.

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.

As we come together for this celebration of the 47th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute to honor the legacy of all who fought before us and the hard work you are doing today, we know that you stand ready to fan the flames of “The Movement: Reignited.” It is with the urgency of a burning fire that our children need us to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to help them actualize the brilliance they are endowed with. The torch has been passed. And our time to fight for our children, for our families, and for our communities, is now.

Download the preliminary program for the 47th Annual Conference to explore the incredible workshops, plenaries, and special events we have in store for you September 30-October 3 in Atlanta, GA.


Join our community of early educators, advocates, leaders, policymakers, professionals, parents and caregivers for the 47th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute. The four-day conference will feature dynamic keynote addresses and presentations from global leaders spanning a range of topics including early care and education, brain development, family engagement, child welfare, racial equity, literacy, health and wellness, fatherhood, workforce development, and public policy.