ALEX AND ANI is proud to sponsor the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), an incredible organization whose mission is exclusively dedicated to improving and advancing the quality of life for Black children and their families across America. For over 50 years, NBCDI, their National Affiliate Network and member advocates across the country use their combined voices to implement effective programs and curricula that support high quality education, care and health to Black children and their families.
NBCDI was founded in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement by the Black Women's Community Development Foundation. This foundation was deeply concerned about the unsatisfactory social and economic conditions facing families who were determined to raise healthy Black children. It was here that the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) was born.
NBCDI began their efforts centered around supporting parents, caregivers and early educators in the Black community during a time when this population desperately needed advocacy in the areas of education, policy, racial inequity and systemic bias. To this day, the National Black Child Development Institute keeps these core initiatives as the driving force behind their mission.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?
1.) Become a member.
NBCDI's members are the backbone of their organization. Together, we are able to strengthen communities by becoming advocates that focus on improving and advancing the quality of life for Black children and their families.
2.) Make a charitable contribution.
Make a difference through a one-time fixed donation at your discretion to NBCDI's strengths-based programs.
3.) Volunteer at a local affiliate network near you.
Affiliates are the heart of NBCDI. In more than 25 communities across the nation, these volunteer-driven networks partner with children, families, and other organizations to carryout their mission through efforts in their respective regions.
4.) Raise awareness through our combined voices.
Even if you aren't in a position to financially become a member or make a donation, you can still be an advocate through the power of combined voice by spreading awareness. Help shed light to this organization and its powerful mission by sharing with with you personal network of family, friends and colleagues. Together, we can all be vehicles of discovery to this impactful organization and encourage others to do the same.
Watch and share the video below on your social channels tagging @NBCDI #50Forward to keep the legacy of NBCDI moving forward!
Why is NBCDI's work so important?
Over the years, NBCDI, their Affiliate Network and advocate members have worked passionately to ignite movements and develop strategies to improve the lives of Black children through meaningful programming and policy change.
To help put this into perspective, did you know that Black children represent 19% of preschool enrollment and 47% of these preschool children are receiving one or more out-of-school suspensions? In comparison, white children represent 41% of preschool enrollment with 28% receiving one or more out-of-school suspensions. (reference: NBCDI Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education White Paper, 2018). These statistics outline a clear indication in the racial inequality within our early childhood education systems and why positive action is needed.
NBCDI'S STRENGTHS-BASED PROGRAMS AND ADVOCACY
The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) believes that every child deserves a chance to succeed. Their work to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families helps support the successful growth and development of children who are too often left behind without access to resources and opportunities to achieve their best selves.
With a relentless focus on the strengths and needs of these communities, NBCDI’s Action Agenda (publications, curriculum, programs, and unique products) is changing the narrative surrounding Black children and their families.
NBCDI FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Family Empowerment Program provides a culturally-relevant, responsive, and trauma-informed curriculum that builds the capacity of parents and caregivers as leaders of their families, equipping them with the necessary tools to effectively advocate for their children from birth.
Throughout this twelve-week program, families are educated with the tools and skills needed to foster their children's learning and development. The program was designed to guide and coach parents and caregivers through a strengths-based lens that honors the rich cultural and linguistic strengths of families of color.
NBCDI HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS
To promote healthy nutrition and fitness practices among Black families with young children, NBCDI developed and implements the Good for Me! and Grow Green Get Fit™ programs through its National Affiliate Network. The new Good for Me! Recipe Book supplements the Good for Me! curriculum with a series of healthy recipes and developmentally appropriate STEM activities.
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - World Health Organization, 1948NBCDI LITERACY PROGRAM
Research shows that children often need to see themselves in books to become strong, avid readers. When children see characters that reflect their own identity in the books they read, they feel validated and gain a strong sense of confidence and pride in themselves.
Developed by NBCDI in 2017, the Read to Succeed program is designed to promote early literacy and language development by providing families with children between birth and eight years old with culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate books and resources to establish in-home libraries.
The goal of this initiative is to empower Black families with the effective and practical knowledge, tools and resources to equip their children with the early language and literacy skills needed to ensure their early academic success.
"Reading is not optional." - Walter Dean Myers, Author and U.S. Ambassador for Young People's Literature
NBCDI EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
NBCDI’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Washington, DC Scholarship Program provides scholarships for the early learning workforce to complete coursework towards their Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education.
This program is deeply committed to improving the training, education, compensation and stability of early learning teachers to ensure the long-term success of Black children.
"Life doesn't count for much unless you're willing to do your small part to leave our children - all of our children - a better world." - President Barack Obama, 2008