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Danielle Adamson

Senior Director of Programs at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI). In her role, Danielle provides strategic leadership and direct oversight to the District of Columbia’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program, NBCDI’s largest program.

In her previous capacity at NBCDI, Danielle was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of national culturally responsive, strengths-based programs in the areas of family engagement, health and wellness, and early literacy. She also supported NBCDI’s Training Institute by supervising the implementation of direct service programs while developing relevant tools and resources for families, teachers, and administrators throughout NBCDI’s National Affiliate Network.

Prior to joining the organization, Danielle served as the Early Learning Program Manager of the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative, one of the Obama administration’s major anti-poverty initiatives and the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative's signature programs. There, Danielle worked closely with early learning centers, schools, families, and other community stakeholders to ensure high-quality care and education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the Kenilworth-Parkside community of Washington, DC. Towards that goal, she established strategic partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution to foster young children’s early literacy and language development by leading the program design and implementation of a two-year $1,000,000 grant through the PNC Foundation’s “Grow Up Great” Initiative.

Danielle also worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher while serving as a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member and completing her dual Masters of Science degrees (Salutatorian) in Early Childhood General & Special Education at Hunter College in New York City. She also became a state-certified Early Childhood General & Special Education Teacher (Birth - Grade 2) in New York at that time. Before doing so, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Educational Studies from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.