What We Do
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
- World Health Organization, 1948
Health and Wellness
BCDI-Atlanta promotes culturally relevant healthy nutrition and preventative wellness practices among families. Coordinates outreach, programs and activities to engage, educate, and empower.
New! BCDI-Atlanta’s Strength Within Program
Trauma Informed Care Support for Early Educators & Child Advocates
The Strength Within program provides professional development and coaching to early care and education family engagement staff who work in programs serving low-income families with young children ages 0-5. The goal of Strength Within is to decrease the risk of mental health challenges for trauma-exposed children by providing evidenced-based and culturally responsive training for case workers, child care/school staff and others who interact with impacted families. The program will increase awareness of trauma informed practices, train and coach on how to mitigate its impact. BCDI- Atlanta focuses primarily on helping adults, who are responding to and supporting families impacted by traumatic stress. Workshops train caregivers on how to identify and address children’s exposure to traumatic events and support the promotion of safety and trust within the family sphere. This comprehensive training also elevates the level of cultural awareness and responsiveness to better address the needs of children and adults who have faced adverse experiences.
To learn more about Strength Within and opportunities to get involved, please contact us.
This program is supported by United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Good for Me!
Good for Me!
NBCDI's Culturally Responsive Nutrition Program
With generous support from the Walmart Foundation, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) developed the Good for Me! program, a key component of our national initiative to promote culturally-relevant healthy nutrition and fitness practices among Black families with young children. Since 2011, NBCDI and its affiliates, including BCDI-Atlanta, reached more than 50,000 individuals, including children, parents, and educators across the country. The goal of this initiative is to improve outcomes for young children of color by providing strengths-based resources that are reflective of our children's families, cultures, and communities.
In collaboration with Georgia Organics, Georgia Farm to ECE Coalition and other partners, BCDI-Atlanta designs and conducts professional development to engage early educators in exploring and implementing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive nutrition experiences for young children and families.
Early Care & Education