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PUBLIC POLICY

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, through the engagement of members and the broader community in activities designed to address local and state civic matters affecting Black children and families in Georgia.

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Our Programs

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2024 Legislative Priorities

BCDI-Atlanta held its annual Policy Briefing on October 17, 2023 with members, partners, program participants and community leaders to develop 2024 advocacy goals in alignment with NBCDI’s Eight Essential Outcomes for Black Child Development. Thank you to the stakeholders who joined us to support this effort!

Bills we're watching:

  • HB 10: Elections and primaries; visually disabled to vote electronically

  • HB 3: Support for Students Living in Poverty Act

  • HB 148: Student Teacher Promotion Act

  • SB 81Georgia Community Midwife Act

  • SB 211: Georgia Council on Literacy

  • HB 565: Social services; temporary assistance for needy families; increase access to benefits

  • HB 367: Quality Basic Education Act

  • HB 668: Georgia Educational Opportunity Act

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Year-round Civic Engagement

Staying in the know about what's going on in local, state and national legislation

is essential to ensure your voice is heard throughout the year. In addition to voting, 

during elections, here are some ways you can continue to involvement in policy

and advocacy.

GOTV (Get Out the Vote)

BCDI-Atlanta has partnered with Vot-ER to help you vote safely!

 

Visit Vot-ER to learn how you can register to vote, vote by mail, vote in-person, and stay abreast of the latest information.  

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

COVID-19 & voting: Check vote.org/covid-19 for the latest updates.​

Prenatal-3 Initiative

 

In partnership with NBCDI and the Pritzker Foundation, BCDI-Atlanta engages with families, early childhood educators (with a particular focus on Family, Friend and Neighbor providers), community members and stakeholders to develop a legislative agenda focused on prenatal to three.

In 2021, Paid Leave became a reality in Georgia, thanks to the work of partners like

9to5! In partnership with the Georgia Coalition for Paid Leave, on which BCDI-Atlanta proudly serves as a member, 9to5 Georgia recently released Dollars and Sense: A Cost/Benefit Analysis of Paid Leave in Georgia.

 

With Paid Leave as a prenatal-3 goal in our legislative agenda, BCDI-Atlanta is excited to share this publication on the coalition's behalf! Be sure to view partner organizations on p. 27.

 

Learn More & Download the Report

Our Partners