2024 National Conference Postponed

Dear NBCDI Village,

I hope this message finds you well. Today, I want to share an important update concerning our national conference. After thorough consideration, in consultation with the NBCDI board of directors, our senior leadership as well as Village Network leaders, and an analysis of evaluation data from the 2024 conference attendees, we have decided to postpone this year’s conference.

Please be assured that we understand that the national conference is a highlight for many, a time of learning, connection, and rejuvenation. We all want the NBCDI national conference to be the nation’s most important and anticipated event for all who educate and care for Black children. To do so, we are re-evaluating the event in its entirety, to ensure we are providing the best experience and service for our attendees. This gives us all more time to plan and coordinate a more exciting and meaningful event that will result in true impact across communities represented at the conference each year.

This decision comes at a time when our focus and actions are more crucial than ever. As we navigate the complexities of this critical 2024 election year, it is important that we bring every fiber of our collective beings to the cause of Black children and families – as strategic and as timely and as thoughtful as we collaboratively know how. With that focus and determination, we see this as an opportunity to pause and to reimagine our role as a convener starting with but not limited to our annual conference.

This is a pause not a stop. Our work must continue! We are excited to bring you a number of opportunities to be engaged with NBCDI! This year, you can look forward to the following:

Upcoming Events

  • We will host a series of convenings online and across the country designed to keep our community connected, informed, and inspired. In each gathering, we will share cutting-edge insights from a new paper we are publishing and concrete action steps you can take to champion our agenda in your community!
  • In June, we will host a revamped National Black Child Development Week (June 10-14). The week will focus on our Eight Essential Outcomes for Black Child Development and the future of Black children while empowering individuals and organizations to take action now on their behalf.
  • We will continue to mobilize our affiliates, fellows, and other leaders through fellowships, commissions, and a community of practice we are launching this year.

As always, we invite your feedback on what you are learning from the research, your partners, and the lived expertise of Black children and families whose voices are always amplified and centered in our praxis.

Thanks for your understanding, adaptability, and steadfast support. I trust that you will see, as we do, that this is the pause many of us hoped for as we emerged out of the pandemic, the pause that would allow us to refuse to go back to what we were accustomed to and actually reimagine a world anew.

Further updates will follow, and we welcome your input, questions, and suggestions in this pivotal year.

Join us, the movement is here, the movement is now, the movement is us.

Sincerely,

Leah

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