Who Will Care...

Download BCDI-Seattle's ground breaking 1990 report on the condition of African American children in the public child welfare system in King County Washington:

Who Will Care When Parent's Can't?" (Click Here)

Racial Disproportionality

From 2002 - 2004, Wanda Hackett, PhD, past president of BCDI was the lead researcher on a team that investigated quantitative and qualitative data on racial disproportionally in Seattle/King County. A copy of their final report, Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System in King County can be downloaded here. For an Executive Summary of the report, download this document. 

In June 2008, The Washington Institute for Public Policy released a report on Racial Disproportionality in Washington State's Child Welfare System, click here for a copy. 

In December 2008, the Statewide Racial Disproportionality Advisory Committee released a report on Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Washington State;s Child Welfare - Redemption Plan, click here for a copy.

BCDI-Seattle partners with PRAXIS Early Childhood Development Institute on education. Deborah Sullivan EdD, representing PRAXIS, is a dedicated BCDI-Seattle member and past chair of the Education Committee. Documents on this site are those that Dr. Sullivan has cited as being relevant to he education of African American children. 

To understand why BCDI-Seattle and PRAXIS have such a focus on the education of African American children, please download the PRAXIS ECE/BCDI-Seattle Education Fact Sheet.

Juvenile Justice

On November 20, 2010

PRAXIS Early Childhood Institute held a Curriculum Symposium on Children of African Descent. The documents below were discussed in that symposium.

Click here to download the curriculum overview packet from the symposium.

For Many years, Dr. Zakiya Mwanatabu Stewart chaired the BCDI-Seattle Education Committee.

Download the table of contents and preface to Dr. Stewart's book- HELPING ORDINARY KIDS BECOME EXTRAORDINARY LEARNERS: Effective Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap.

BCDI-Seattle believes that parents are an essential component of a child's learning. National Black Child Development Institute developed the Parent Empowerment Project (PEP) to educate, motivate and inspire parents to excellence as their child's first teacher.

Download this presentation on PEP by BCDI-Seattle President, Dr. Wanda Hackett.

AA Child welfare

Social Justice and Equity for Youth-Alive and Free Strategy

History: In 2010, BCDI - Seattle Affiliate initiated a 30 year strategy to embrace young Black males and females who arehigh risk for or exhibiting behavior that brings on incarceration.  At the March 20, 2010 membership meeting, the Juvenile Justice co-chairs, James Staples and Garry Owens, laid out a short and long term work plan for this new direction.—Social Justice and Equity for Youth.  They proposed that BCDI underwrite interested members to receive training in the "Street Soldiers/Alive & Free Violence Prevention Prescription" co-created by Dr. Joseph Marshall, Executive Director, Omega Boys. For more information on the Alive and Free Global Movement go to:
These efforts lead to BCDI-Seattle's Youth Violence Prevention Neighborhood by Neighborhood Initiative.

Education committee


Click Here for Key Features and Benefits for African American Children and Families.