Elevate Futures: Empowering Black Children and Families

BCDI-District of Columbia invites you to join us in working to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy.

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More than 40 years of service, located in Washington D.C

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) 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. Working in the Nation’s Capital, BCDI-DC continues to implement culturally-relevant and research-based programs promoting literacy, health, parent engagement and college-readiness, while advocating for better, stronger and more effective policies for children ages 0-8 at the local, state and federal level.

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Programs aimed at fostering positive change within communities.


Promoting Healthy Practices Program

Learn how the BCDI-DC Affiliate connects positive nutrition messages and actions with Black children and families.


Parent Empowerment Program

The BCDI-DC Affiliate was the first affiliate to pilot the newly revised, culturally relevant and research based PEP curriculum.


Raising A Reader

BCDI-DC partners with Raising A Reader to help families develop, practice, and sustain home literacy routines.


Read to Succeed

The Read to Succeed program encourages early literacy and language development in children aged birth to eight.

We welcome and appreciate all donations of any size — large or small. Every dollar we receive helps advance our work by expanding our capacity to address the needs of Black children and families.

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