Institute for Minority Children Marks Celebration, New Report

May 23, 2019

Published by CounciLINK on May 23, 2019


Institute-for-Minority-Children-Marks-Celebration-New-Report resizedThe National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) recently celebrated National Black Child Development Week (May 13 – 18, 2019), which the institute says is a time of national awareness, collective action and community mobilization to address and advance issues impacting Black children.

This year, NBCDI says it’s focused on one of the greatest civil rights issues of today, the preschool-to-prison pipeline, and specifically, the disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion of black children in early learning programs; underscoring the widespread injustice and racial inequality in our education systems.
This year’s theme for National Black Child Development Week was “Building Black Excellence” Throughout the week, NBCDI promoted ways to encourage early learning programs to eliminate exclusionary discipline practices, address the racial bias that informs the disproportionate suspension and the expulsion of black children and provide inclusive, affirming early learning programs.

Since its launch in late 2017, “Delivering on the Promise,” NBCDI’s national campaign to address the rising rates of suspension and expulsion in early learning programs, has:

  • Engaged with local Communities of Practice.
  • Produced a “Delivering on the Promise” video featuring Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ.
  • And developed NBCDI’s first white paper to provide solutions and advocacy tools on this critical issue.

The white paper, Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education for Black Children, examines policy solutions to end disproportionate discipline practices in classrooms serving black children.

To learn more, visit www.nbcdi.org.

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