What We Do

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."  - Kahlil Gibran


BCDI-Atlanta advances the quality of life for Black children, families, and communities by connecting programs, policy, and advocacy. We engage members and the broader community in activities designed to address local and state political and civic matters affecting Black children and families throughout the state of Georgia.

There are only three questions that drive our public policy agenda:

  1. Is this good for Black children and families?

  2. If yes, how can we support it? 

  3. If not, how can we make it better?

The answers to these questions help us achieve our mission of improving and advancing the quality of life for Black children and families.  As we collaborate with our national office, NBCDI, fellow affiliates  and local/state partners, we have chosen to focus on the particular strengths and needs of Black children and families in the context of a shared goal: ensuring that all children are reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

If you are interested in engaging with our leaders to advance BCDI-Atlanta's policy and advocacy work, please join our Public Policy Co-Chairs, Elisa Shepherd and Yeme Thomas, for our bi-weekly MEMBERS-ONLY Public Policy Committee Call held every other Thursday at 7 PM!

Reminders containing conference call access is regularly sent out to our members.

BCDI-Atlanta's Key Public Policy Initiatives

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

2020 Georgia Primaries

Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Georgia Presidential Primary Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Voters will also have the opportunity to weigh in on important state and local candidates and issues on that day. Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot and make sure it's counted.


COVID-19 and voting:

  • The COVID-19 situation is quickly unfolding, and there will be daily changes. Please check vote.org/covid-19 for the latest updates.

Use the MVP Log In to check your:

  • Voter registration status

  • Mail-In application and ballot status


  • Poll location


  • Early voting locations


  • Elected Officials


  • Registration information on file with the county office


  • Sample ballot for the upcoming election


  • Provisional Ballot status

Get Out The Count (GOTC)

The 2020 Census Questionnaire officially has officially gone live. Remember, there are 3 ways to complete the 2020 Census:


  1. By mail (most households in the US should receive a questionnaire by March 20th)

  2. Online (my2020census.gov)

  3. By phone (see graphic).


To learn more about our Census work and community resources, please visit: Black Children Count

BCDI-Atlanta Initiatives




Early Care

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Child Welfare

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   Mailing Address: PO Box 2270, Dacula, GA 30019

Physical Address: 2394 Mt. Vernon Rd.,Suite 220, Atlanta, GA 30338

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