The National Harbor Chapter creates programming in support of nurturing our children and the children in our community through cultural experiences in the Prince Georges’ County and surrounding Washington, DC Metro area.
We are organized in five children’s groups (below), based on age/grade levels, and plan activities that support appropriate learning, exposure and entertainment for each group. Our activities are aim to meet the following additional initiatives as set by the national organization: cultural, social, recreational, legislative, and community service.
•Diamonds & Dinosaurs: Age 2 – K
•Emeralds & Eagles: Grades 1 – 3
•Jades & Jaguars: Grades 4 – 5
•Topaz & Tigers: Grades 6 – 8 (Pre-Teens/Middle School)
•Pearls & Panthers: Grades 9 – 12 (Teens/High School)
In addition to our age group programming and activities, the National Harbor Chapter plans for all-family activities that strengthen our growth as a village, both nationally and locally. Local events vary year-to-year to make the most of current events and attractions. National events are celebrated by chapters all across the country. They include the following:
Jack & Jill Day (September)
A day to bring all the membership together after the summer break. Began in 1948 under the direction of Dorothy Wright, our first National President.
Carole Robertson Day (September)
In honor of Carole, a member of our teen group in Birmingham, AL. She was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. We honor her with an activity that would highlight the goals of human rights, civil rights, racial harmony that she did not live to enjoy.
National Black Family Day (May)
This day began in May of 1987 when The Honorable William Gray III, Congressman from Pennsylvania, entered a tribute to Jack and Jill of America into the Congressional Record as the organization embarked upon a Black Family Day of Celebration. The focus is on family and the cultural heritage of families for African Americans.