About Us


The Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is a family education center based in St. Paul, Minnesota. We serve children, families, and communities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, offering a variety of literacy and cultural enrichment programs and services for children, youth, and adults.

Our goal is to positively impact the cultural, spiritual, and academic development of
children by working holistically with young people, parents, educators, and the community.

Network for the Development of Children of African Descent is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, established in 1997.
Serving Our Community Since 1997

Our Vision
We are a place where the African spirit is nurtured and renewed
We envision a place where African people come together to learn of and from ourselves
We envision a place where we come to learn from our elders and children
We envision a place where we affirm our global family

Our Mission
We exist to strengthen the cultural connections within communities of African descent that promote, sustain, and enhance the healthy development of our children

Our Strategic Objectives
Prepare children for success in school and life
Help parents help their children achieve academic and social success
Help teachers and educator better serve African descent learners
Build and strengthen community networks that support children

Our Programs & Services
Parent Training
Free Children’s Books
Teacher Training
Resource Lending Library