What does increasing diversity mean for our future?

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This is the first in a series of guest posts by one of our partner organizations, the National Black Child Development Institute.  

Big issues require big solutions, huge conversations, and enormous action. Our littlest citizens are indeed confronting a range of crises, and they are more diverse than ever. Today, nearly 41 percent of the entire child population in the United States is of Latino, Asian, Native American, African, Carribean and African-American descent. In ten years, by 2020, that figure is projected to grow to 47 percent. If we don’t close the gaps – in access, achievement, graduation, and wealth, among others – then our country’s future growth and economic prosperity will suffer dearly.    


The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) will be posting on DC Action for Children’s blog every other week, highlighting the range of (big) issues that help guide our mission of improving and advancing the quality of life for black children and their families. We’ll be talking about the needs and the strengths; the problems and the solutions. We’ll address family engagement; early childhood professional development; PreK-3rd alignment; child health and nutrition; culture; race, and class. We’ll talk about policy and programs, connecting what’s happening on the national level to what we’ve got going here in Washington, D.C.  


We hope you’ll engage with us, not only on this page, but in conversations on the streets and actions in our communities, to do what's best not only for black children but for all children. Let us know if there's something you want to talk about.