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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.

 Our Purpose

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.

affiliate goals


NBCDI and this Affiliate will strongly address the areas of early care & education, family engagement, literacy, health & wellness and child welfare. We're impacting lives in our community.  We are so excited to Partner with BAE Systems. They are the Sponsors of our Feeling Friends book set.


We will also develop and participate in coalitions with other organizations to build a stronger, broader and more engaged network to work collectively towards improvements in the lives of Black children and their families. Books were donated to the Little England Cultural Center in Hampton, for their Before/After School Program.


This Affiliate will serve the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia. The service area will consist of the following cities: Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Suffolk. We are proud to have Primis Bank as our Top Sponsor for our 2022 Fundraising Gala.


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.



For 38 years, NBCDI was led by Evelyn K. Moore, who got her start as a teacher in the ground-breaking Perry Pre-School/High Scope program, which became the model for Head Start. She has dedicated her entire professional career to improving outcomes for our society’s most vulnerable children.


Moore's leadership was followed by that of renowned early childhood educator, writer and leader, Carol Brunson Day. To date she still advocates for early childhood education.


After her leadership role with NBCDI, Dr. Felicia DeHaney  joined the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, as Director of Education and Learning Programs. 

Cindra Taylor, President of BCDI-Atlanta and a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors, briefly served as interim President in 2014.


Tobeka G. Green, proudly serves as the organization’s fourth President. Through her leadership, NBCDI continues to build a strong reputation for its work in early care and education and child welfare.


After conducting a national search, on August 2, 2021, Dr. Leah Austin became the new leadership to shepherd in the next level of impact for black children and families. No stranger to NBCDI, Leah served as an intern under NBCDI’s founder Ms. Evelyn Moore, and as one of its Policy Fellows. Most recently, she worked at The Schott Foundation for Public Education, supporting education justice organizing, and has also worked at the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among other organizations and educational institutions. Dr. Austin’s immediate focus will be to align NBCDI’s strategic vision against the unique needs of Black families today; and to expand and deepen the organization’s influence and footprint.

I am honored and excited to serve in this role. The mission of NBCDI―to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy―is as relevant today as it was in 1970 when the organization was established. At the same time, this is an opportunity to shape how this great organization serves them in this new day."

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.

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