The Activity Book for African American Families was developed by the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in collaboration with other organizations serving the African American community. The tragic events of September 11, 2001, demonstrated the ongoing need to provide materials for parents to help their children cope with extraordinary crises, such as a terrorist attack. These crises receive extensive media coverage, and while adults may understand what they see and hear and can place things in context, children often cannot. Helping families face everyday hardships, such as crime and poverty, can also enhance the strength and togetherness that is necessary during times of major crisis.
We brought together leaders of national African American organizations as well as health professionals to identify information and strategies that would be meaningful to families coping with crisis. We also consulted parents about their concerns and received input on tools they would find useful. We have been impressed by the responses that affirmed the need for this Activity Book.
This collaboration arises from a commitment to share the best knowledge that we have with the American people. It represents the kind of public-private partnership that uses the strengths of all partners to improve the lives of our children. We would like to express our appreciation to the many people who contributed to this effort.
We also thank you for joining this partnership. We believe that your connections to the children in your life will be enriched by the activities in this book.
Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D.
Table of Contents
*The first activity in each section is most likely to work well with the youngest children. If children find the poem is too long or confusing, the parent may skip reading the poem aloud.
NIH Pub. No. 03-5362B
In collaboration with the
Academy for Educational Development