May 2021 Newsletter
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week
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Meet Our Lifted Voices Fellows
Lifted Voices is BCDI-Atlanta’s diversity, equity and inclusion program - a multi-tiered approach designed to systematically address the programmatic needs of social justice. These IMPRESSIVE fellows make up our inaugural class. Be on the lookout for individual features.
Celebrating the Life of Elaine Banks Collins
On Thursday evening, April 29, our dear friend and loved one, Elaine Banks Collins was called home. She was a veteran member and consultant of BCDI-Atlanta. She continued to support the organization through both membership and advocacy.

Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Elaine became the first person to hold the title of School–Age Specialist in the country. Working at The Agency for Child Development (ACD) of New York City, she wrote and implemented policies and standards still being used as the benchmark for quality in the administration of publicly funded school-age programs. Elaine earned a BA Degree from Hunter College and MSEd from The City University. She received numerous awards, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Lady Award from the Northeast Bronx Chapter of The National Council of Negro Women. Also an author, Our Rainbow Press published her children's board books, I Like Dressing Up and See What I Can Do in 2005.

BCDI-Atlanta President Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis reflects:

"Elaine was indeed a treasure. She was one of the first BCDI-Atlanta members I met, nearly 20 years ago, and one of the reasons I became so enamoured with this organization. Elaine and I immediately bonded and continued to stay in touch over the years. When I was elected BCDI-Atlanta President in 2018, Elaine reached out to express her continued support for the affiliate. She monitored and championed our progress, often sending me texts and direct messages via social media to express her excitement about new programs and initiatives. To honor her legacy, BCDI-Atlanta will rename one of our Community Leadership Awards as the Elaine Banks Collins Award. Our love and prayers go out to Elaine's family and everyone she touched."
2021 Strength Within Summit - A Success

Thanks to our event partners, sponsors, speakers, staff, volunteers and attendees for an inspiring professional development event on Thursday, April 29. Based on participant evaluations, our inaugural Strength Within Summit was a success! This event is Tier 1 of our trauma informed care program.
We invite you to register for our new Strength Within Online Course. This self-paced professional development opportunity is offered at 50% off through Friday, May 7. The course serves as Tier 2 of our trauma informed care support for early educators and child advocates to increase the knowledge and skills of adults with Black children in their lives.
***FREE Limited Offer***

Strength Within Online Course completers will be offered an opportunity to further advance their knowledge and abilities through participation in Tier 3 of our Strength Within program - a mini-mester of professional coaching on trauma informed care. This offer will be automatically shared with Tier 2 online course completers to encourage a seamless progression to Tier 3.

This opportunity is made possible by funding from United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Join us Wednesday, May 12 @ 3-5 PM EDT for the next Cultivate the Genius of Black Children online education session. Register for any or all parts of the series.  

***FREE for BCDI-Atlanta Members.***

On behalf of the young children, families, early educators, social workers, child advocates, and diverse professionals we serve, thank you for your gifts!
Atlanta Choose Healthy Life is an initiative with the primary goal of fortifying community infrastructure and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic across Black communities.

In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta, BCDI-Atlanta administers Atlanta Choose Healthy Life with 10 local churches frequented by Black families. 

Through our partners at Too Small to Fail, we are excited to share this month’s “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” bundle, Let’s Talk About Art!

As Picasso once said, "every child is an artist". Encouraging children's imagination and creativity is not only fun, but it also helps build little ones' brains! There are many ways to engage children in art activities, from making art together to talking about art while out and about. This month's bundle is filled with ways to help parents and caregivers talk, read, and sing with their children about art. 

Mask Donations: LAST CALL

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCDI-Atlanta received masks during the Bank of America Million Mask Challenge, thanks to sponsorships from the Atlanta Falcons and Genuine Parts Company/NAPA Auto Parts.

We are near the end of our inventory and wanted to offer a final opportunity to any stakeholders in need of surgical masks.

Click here to request masks for your family, child care facility, organization or classroom!
BCDI-Atlanta membership offers access to resources you need to make a positive impact on the lives of Black children and their families.

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We Want to Feature You

Founded in 1981, BCDI-Atlanta is celebrating our 40th Anniversary all year! We'd love to share your stories and memories as a partner, member or program participant! Please fill in this BCDIAtl40 Form, so we may recognize you.
Choose “Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta” as your charity.
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