Programs & Events

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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Programs aimed at fostering positive change within communities.

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Promoting Healthy Practices Program

With support from the Walmart Foundation, NBCDI has developed the Promoting Healthy Practices Program, an initiative that is successfully changing knowledge and behavior around healthy nutrition and physical activity with over 10,000 children, parents and caregivers. Through the development and implementation of curricula such as Grow Green Get Fit and Good for Me!, as well as resources including the Cultural Competence Improvement Tool, our Affiliates and partners have been able to effectively and successfully connect positive nutrition messages and actions with traditionally hard-to-reach Black families and communities Affiliates across the United States.

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Raising A Reader

Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization partners with NBCDI and its Affiliate communities to implement an evidence-based, early literacy and family engagement program. Raising A Reader’s partnership with NBCDI serves more than 100 pre-k children and their families to foster healthy brain development and early literacy skills critical for children’s school success. By working with Raising A Reader, BCDI-DC aims to improve literacy levels within the DC Metropolitan area by engaging Black families and helping them develop an at-home literacy routine with proven results that link to academic and life success.

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Parent Empowerment Program

As part of our work to support and promote the development of evidence-based programs designed specifically to engage, educate and empower parents and communities of color, NBCDI has developed and is implementing (with a rigorous evaluation supported by Child Trends) the second edition of the Parent Empowerment Program (PEP), a comprehensive, culturally-relevant, self-discovery curriculum for parents and guardians to improve their effectiveness as the primary positive influence in the lives of their children. This year, the BCDI-DC Affiliate piloted the new PEP curriculum and will continue to implement the program in the DC Metropolitan Area.

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Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed program is designed to promote early literacy and language development by supporting families with children between birth and eight years old to establish home libraries with culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate children’s books and providing them with supplementary resources.

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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