NCCF Research Team Publishes Book Arguing for a New Protected Class for Black Males


Authors Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Ralph Belk, Jasilyn Morgan, Krystal Holland, Bruce Tyson, and Omore Okhomina’s latest work entitled Black Male Youth Raised in Public Systems: Engagement, Healing, Hope (NASW Press) raises the provocative idea that Black men and boys raised by public systems should be entitled to specific legal protections designed to limit the intersectional […]

Meet Dejanae Dennis Northwood HS Senior and Beat the Odds Scholar

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Congratulations to Dejanae Dennis a senior at Northwood High School. She was recently awarded a “Beat the Odds” scholarship from the Children’s Defense Fund. We are so proud to work with her and all the wonderful kids and families at NCCF’s Northwood Wellness Center.

Dancing the Night Away at the Greentree Harvest Party

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Earlier this week, with the help of more than 50 volunteers, NCCF supplied dozens of children served by our Family Services Division with the opportunity to select Halloween costumes, create crafts, have their faces painted, eat candy, and dance at an October harvest party. The evening started off with families arriving together. Dinner for 85 […]

The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Alexandria City Public Schools

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Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) has been a proud partner of the Neediest Kids, a program of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), for more than 15 years. Thanks to the Neediest Kids’ continued support, ACPS is able to assist students who lack many of the basic necessities such […]

Santa and the Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Visit Greentree Shelter

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The first clue something was happening was the blaring fire engine sirens. Slowly the children living at The National Center for Children and Families’ (NCCF) Greentree Shelter began to gather on the front steps. And then they saw him! At the driveway entrance, perched atop a fire engine blaring Christmas music, was Santa Claus waving […]

The Art of Volunteering

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Paul Glenshaw likes to say he has lots of paying gigs: artist, drawing instructor, filmmaker, author. About a year ago, he decided he wanted a “volunteer gig” that would draw on his creative skills but also as he says, “practically accomplish something. At the Smithsonian, I teach art to people who can afford it.” Glenshaw […]

Uncertainty Undermines Dreams

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You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one – John Lennon’s Imagine We all face uncertainty in our day-to-day lives, usually interwoven with our dreams and plans. “What if my college choice rejects me? Will I make the […]

A Letter to Our Children from Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

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August, 2017 A Letter to Our Children: We adults must be very confusing at times. Too often, we have not protected you from the open and random expressions of bigotry, racism, and violence in our world, and in our community.  Most often, we fail to protect you from the endless barrage of media imagery that […]

The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Frederick County Public Schools

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Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick, Maryland. We have been a proud partner with Bridge to Success / Neediest Kids program since February of 2011. Since that time, we have been able to assist hundreds of our students annually with clothing, shoes, groceries, eye exams and glasses. FCPS enrolled 41,413 students for the […]

Trinity’s Manger: A Blog

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The tumultuous and constantly changing political context of the National Capital Region has left me unbalanced recently, and somewhat uncertain… not my usual stance. That is, until the story of the death of a poor, Black baby on Christmas Day came to my attention. This ends my silence. Her name is Trinity and she died […]

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