For more than 40 years, the National Black Child Development Institute has engaged leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families. The mission is to improve and advance Black children’s quality of life, while empowering families through education and advocacy.
NBCDI responds to the needs of Black children by focusing on early childhood education, health, child welfare, literacy, and family engagement through culturally relevant resources with support of affiliate organizations nation-wide.
Whether it’s poverty or racial discrimination, NBCDI deals with achieving positive outcomes for Black children. Through its publication, Child Health Talk, Black Male Achievement is tackled, Black children’s development, classroom family engagement, high quality early education, cultural competence, and tools to cope with crises are just some subjects covered.
Launched by one group of African American women, the organization named Black Women’s Community Development Foundation has helped millions of Black children with strategies to advance their conditions through advocacy and policy. In the awakening of the Civil Rights Movement, a group of African American women took their concerns of Black children’s well-being and turned their concerns into a movement that now is a national advocacy organization.
Whether at the grassroots level, or in print, or at the national level- the NBCDI has grown to have affiliates in over 20 communities where programs are implemented on a national level to support programs for children and families.
Getting the message across to hard-to-reach communities and families can be an issue, but through programs like the Grow Green Get Fit and Good for Me, the Cultural Competence Improvement Tool, the Healthy Practices program, and the Child Health Talk publication there has been a better connection to particular Black communities. Through the organization’s publication, Child Health Talk, it provides information on topics such as providing a healthy home environment, general health, nutrition, and literacy that assists parents and caregivers in supporting the positive growth and development of their children.
Programs getting implemented into these communities include the issue of fat; the problem of obesity in the African American community. One out of every four Black children is overweight, compared to one in seven White children.
- Among Black teenage girls from ages 12 to 19, more than 40 percent are overweight or at risk of being overweight
The NBCDI has taken a lead role and joined Walmart who’s supported by the Walmart Foundation to promote better and healthy eating. It’s a change in a good direction, as it puts an emphasis of changing the knowledge and behavior behind what’s affected the attitudes of certain people in regard to nutrition and physical activity.
As the NBCDI stays committed to building on communities’ strengths, assets and rich cultural backgrounds to improve and address the range of health issues, disparities and inequalities within certain communities, its work remains strong in bringing awareness to increase seat belt use, reducing the incidence of SIDS and infant mortality, promoting early health screenings, and helping children cope with crises- while strengthening the programs and policies that are affecting the staggering hunger and obesity challenges certain communities are facing.