Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 15, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971966 | Print ISBN: 9781412940504 | Online ISBN: 9781412971966| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
National Black Child Development Institute
Jeffery Menzise & Regina Peterson
The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) was founded September 21, 1970, as a nonprofit organization that works to improve and protect the well-being of African American children. Over the past 37 years, NBCDI has maintained a legacy as the nation's forerunner in a multitude of innovative programs, workshops, annual conferences, and resources for African American children, their parents, and communities. As a national agency, NBCDI has four main program goals: child health, child welfare, education, and public policy advocacy. The organization has made a major impact on child welfare services; it has contributed to making universal early care and education a reality; and it has consistently helped to build family support services for those in need. The NBCDI takes a systems approach to child welfare. This perspective allows for the inclusion of parents, guardians, faith communities, social clubs, civic clubs, and all other members of society who deal with ...