Established in 1999, by President Emerita Dr. Ursula Parrish-Daniels and President Emeritus Professor Dallas Gray, Black Child Development Institute-Paramus, is the only college campus-based Affiliate. For the past nineteen years, our Affiliate has supported and continuously works on concentrated areas of the National Black Child Development Institute. 

We provide strength-based programs, reading programs, workshops and trainings that focused on Early Childhood Development, Elementary and Secondary education, Health and Wellness, Child Welfare, Parenting, Youth Leadership and Professional Development. With the vigor and assistance of my Executive team, fellow volunteers, Student Ambassadors, and Bergen Community College Summer Intensive Program, Community partnerships and surrounding communities, BCDI-Paramus remains committed to follow National Black Child Development Institute’s mission “to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through advocacy and education,” while continuing to increase awareness of National Black Child Development Institute, grow our membership base, develop more programs, leadership trainings, empowerment workshops that will support and strengthen our community; as our lives do matter. 

We strongly encourage you to get involved, join our BCDI-PARAMUS team, currently the only New Jersey Affiliate, and make a difference in the lives of black children and their families.

Peace & Blessings,

April Harrison, M.A.

BCDI-Paramus Affiliate President



How We're Helping


 We are a nonprofit organization focused on improving and advancing the quality of life for Black children through education and advocacy. With the help of our tireless volunteer staff, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, Professional  Development, Youth Leadership Workshops and in-depth training sessions.

Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for new members and volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, we want to say, "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" Our affiliate couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.



Dr. Ursula Parrish-Daniels, President Emerita & Prof. Dallas Gray, President Emeritus


April S. Harrison, President, Sharen Woodley, Vice President, 

Gemma Figaro, Secretary, & Dr. Damyén Davis, Treasurer


Erica C. James, Policy Chair & Hilda Buitriago, Membership Chair


Mahilia Ned, Lead

Justin Anderson (William Paterson Univ), Tristin Anderson (Montclair Univ.), Austin Burt (Bergen CC), 

Andy Corniel (Bergen CC),  Lela Davis (Bergen CC), Taylor Davis (Bergen CC), Jennifer Gramajo (Bergen CC), 

Ayanna Green (Bergen CC), Micheal Leyton (Bergen CC), Mileena Lillman (Bergen CC),  

Michaela Nicholson (Jersey College), Elisha Phillips (William Paterson Univ.), Eric Polanco (Bergen CC), 

Jordan Posada (Columbia College) - Chicago), Arian Richardson (Bergen CC), Anexis Ruiz (Howard Univ.), 

Fernando Senchi (Montclair Univ.), and Tamara Taylor (William Paterson Univ.).

join our team


Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals, create programs, improve conditions in our communities for our population, donate books to schools, present Affiliate Awards to those in need and so forth. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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