What We Do

"Reading is not optional."

- Walter Dean Myers, Author and U.S. Ambassador for Young People's Literature

BCDI-Atlanta coordinates programs, activities, and training to ensure reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade for all students, engaging students, families, and educators.



Read to Succeed

Developed by the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), the 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 through our National Affiliate Network, including BCDI-Atlanta. With support from NBCDI, BCDI-Atlanta provides young children and their families with children’s books designed to foster early literacy skills and establish at-home libraries.

View read-alouds and lesson plans from books awarded to family child care providers and early education programs who participated in BCDI-Atlanta's 2020 Read to Succeed Summer Literacy Program, in partnership with Georgia State University-Perimeter College. 


Early Literacy Super Saturdays

BCDI-Atlanta's Early Literacy Super Saturdays provide 2-3 same-day workshops to engage educators, parents, and support staff in learning how to support young children's development of early literacy skills, primarily by planning experiences utilizing the children's books featured in our Read to Succeed program.


Early Literacy

BCDI-Atlanta's Early Literacy Institutes provide single workshops to engage educators, parents, and support staff to learn how to plan developmentally appropriate language and literacy experiences for young children. These workshops are usually held during the week, after childcare programs and elementary schools close, or virtually via self-paced online courses.


Online Literacy Course​

BCDI-Atlanta’s Culturally Responsive Literacy Course equips early educators with information and resources necessary for building relationships and experiences that support the needs of young learners and their parents.


At the end of the course, early educators will be able to identify strategies for students and their parents to feel a sense of belonging in their classrooms by arranging a space where they feel safe, respected, heard, and challenged during the implementation of listening, speaking, reading and writing experiences.


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Mayor's Summer Reading Club

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program that promotes early literacy and vocabulary enrichment in children ages birth through five while engaging their families, community organizations and child care providers.


The program designates a city-wide book choice for infants and children ages 2-5 to share with families at no cost to them. Throughout the summer, organizations host “book club reads” where children will enjoy arts and crafts, drama exercises, and other hands-on activities designed to make the language in the stories more meaningful to children. This is a collaboration with the City of Atlanta, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, PNC, the United Way of Greater Atlanta and many other public-private partnerships, including BCDI-Atlanta.