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National Poetry Month

Kwanzaa Celebration 2023


May 18, 2024

Come and Celebrate Poetry with BCDI Seattle

The Healing of Poetry with Rajnii Eddins
Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am- 12:00pm

During this conversation and guided writing workshop, Rajnii will talk about the importance of poetry to the Black community and how it impacted, influenced, and molded us as people.

Rajnii will guide participants on a journey of different techniques to bring their voice to paper and through spoken word as a source of healing for us all.


Black Child Development Institute Seattle

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Who We Are

Seattle resident and nationally known early childhood educator, Ms. Bunny Wilburn (1922-2014) founded BCDI-Seattle in the early 70’s. The first major initiative was National Black Child Development Institute’s (NBCDI) community Child Development Associate project to promote and advocate for the professional development of childcare providers.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of month at 12:30pm
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We are currently meeting on ZOOM.

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Green Hill School

The Social Justice and Equity for Youth Committee (SJ&EY) of BCDI along with Tabor 100 has been working with Black youth at the Department of Social and Health Services Green Hill School youth correctional school since November 2012.
Quarterly BCDI members travel to Chehalis, WA and provide life coaching to members of the African American Cultural Group, one of several cultural affinity groups at the school.

     The SJ&EY Committee has introduced to the school the Alive & Free Prescription™ with training from  Dr. Joseph Marshall co-creator of the prescription. As a consequence of 18-months of BCDI-Seattle advocacy in October 2014 the Green Hill School and Seattle Central College signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring college courses into the school using a distance learning strategy! A blended funding approach will be utilized including young men contributing a portion from their work stipends, Bunny Wilburn Educational Grants and scholarships and donations from several community fund raising strategies.

 In 2014 BCDI-Seattle received NBCDI's “Unsung Hero Awardee” for the Green Hill School initiative.

In 2020, 21 of the young men are taking college courses. 10 of the young men are being mentored by volunteers organized by BCDI Seattle's SJ&EY committee.

Reading Project

BCDI-Seattle Black Literacy Project
With the support of a grant from the Social Justice Fund, BCDI-Seattle is implementing a project to teach child literacy development to Black families
and community members – bringing the teaching of reading to Black children back to the Black community. The goal is to equip Black families and community members with the skills and tools they need to track their children's reading progress in school or teach Black children how to read themselves. As a result, Black parents will be able to hold more schools and districts accountable to improving the literacy proficiency of Black students.


Happy New Year 


It is finally here!  Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) – Seattle is excited to present our calendar Featuring Black men and their children from the City of Seattle!  .  We are printing a limited number. Make sure you get your 2024 BCDI - Seattle Calendar today before they run out.


Our Vision

Through the eyes and lives of African American children and their families.
eliminate institutionalized racism and achieve social justice.

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Contact Black Child Development Institute Seattle

PO Box 22493
Seattle, WA 98122


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