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Celebrating 45 Years

For 45 years, the National Black Child Development Institute has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families.  We are so grateful to our many partners, funders and supporters, as well as our members and Affiliates. Join us as we look back - and look ahead. 

1970:     The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) was founded under the leadership of Evelyn K. Moore, the same year the first Annual Conference was held in Washington, DC.

1972:     Chartered the first BCDI-Affiliate in Houston, Texas and published the first annual Calendar of Children, celebrating the beauty, strength, and resilience of Black children.

1974:     Formally established the National Affiliate Network as a means to mobilize members and volunteers to positively impact Black children and families in communities throughout the country.    

1985:     Black Child Development Week took off, symbolized by Seattle Mayor Charles Royer officially proclaiming May 12-18 as BCD Week in Seattle, Washington.

1986:     In celebration of Black History Month, BCDI-Greensboro held its first Annual Black History Quiz Bowl for middle and high school students - an event which is still held today!

1987:     Bernice Alberta King and Coretta Scott King, daughter and widow of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to NBCDI members.

1990:     Published both the first Child Health Talk and the Twentieth Anniversary State of the Black Child Report.

1995:     Launched Entering the College Zone, a program for middle-school students and their parents to help them successfully prepare for college success.

1999:     Established the Parent Empowerment Program in order to support parents and families.

2001:     Launched the Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) program, to help prepare young children in the District of Columbia to excel in the classroom.

2002:     Launched Love to Read, NBCDI's early literacy initiative.

2003:     Developed Helping Children Cope with Crisis, an activity book for African-American families, in partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

2006:     Published School Readiness and Social-Emotional Development, edited by Evelyn K. Moore and Barbara Bowman.   

2006:     President Evelyn K. Moore retired after 36 extraordinary years of leadership; early childhood education expert Carol Brunson Day took the helm of the organization. 

2010:     Began implementation of Promoting Positive Nutrition Practices and T.EA.C.H. Early Childhood® DC.

2013:     Published Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child