In alignment with June as Black Music Appreciation Month, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is currently hosting its annual National Black Child Development Week through June 11.
With a theme that illuminates the importance the arts and literacy play in improving outcomes for Black children and families, the week-long festivities kicked off Monday with a virtual concert and fireside chat featuring Saban Music Group singer, songwriter and producer Nakkia Gold, the NBCDI said.
“We’re so excited about this year’s theme,” Cemeré James, interim NBCDI president and CEO, said in a statement. “The arts — whether visual or performance-based — can play a tremendous role in changing life trajectories for kids. Not only do they provide a powerful outlet for expression, but they also support the healthy development and well-being of young children, strengthening their cognitive abilities as they engage in fun and enjoyable activities.”
Additionally, a virtual reading featuring Oscar-winning writer, director and producer Matthew Cherry will help round out the activities for the week.
“We know that access to books and the written word helps children improve their vocabulary, background knowledge and general comprehension skills,” added Allyson Jones, NBCDI’s vice president of National Partnerships and Community Mobilization. “Our hope is that by highlighting the importance of literacy throughout the week through fun, interactive events and activities, we’ll not only give families something fun to do each day, but we’ll also provide parents and early childhood educators with some useful tools and ideas about ways to meaningfully engage Black children by using literacy and the arts.”