With such a rich history and such a worthy cause, BCDI-Hampton Roads of the National Black Child Development Institute is proud to be an Affiliate and will stand in the gap to help assist Black children and their families in the Hampton Roads area. The Affiliate was Chartered April 2, 2016 with 50 strong stakeholders.
To implement programs, engage in advocacy, and provide services within this local community that will enhance the quality of life for Black children and their families. This Affiliate will implement community programs that address one or more of NBCDI’s priorities. We will monitor the impact of national, state and local legislation on Black children and families and engage members to advocate when and where possible in the Hampton Roads area.
We will convene and participate in community forums to educate and inform policymakers, parents, educators and the general public on issues affecting Black children and families. We will develop and disseminate, in partnership with the National office and others, timely research and resource materials which identify and seek to address the strengths and needs of Black children and families.
NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT HISTORY
From its inception, NBCDI’s focus has been on achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable children who suffer from dual legacies of poverty and racial discrimination. The organization was launched by the Black Women’s Community Development Foundation, whose leadership, in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, was deeply concerned about the unsatisfactory conditions faced by families determined to raise healthy Black children. By organizing NBCDI as a national advocacy group, they created a unified movement to develop strategies to improve the life circumstances of the Black child through policy change.
Four years after NBCDI’s incorporation, its leaders launched the National Affiliate Network to mobilize volunteers at the grassroots level.
Today, Affiliates operate in over 25+ communities across the country and are composed of dynamic and diverse individuals who implement nationally driven programs for children and families on the ground.
Over the years, our mission has benefited millions of children and their families. As a leading organization working on behalf of children of color, NBCDI’s future is about growth and sustainability, forging new boundaries and promoting strength-based programs and policies that lift our children in the context of their families, communities and cultures.