Davida Adams David

Davida Adams David is a second-generation alumna of Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) where her mother also attended. Davida credits BKS for transforming her from a frightened two-year-old from the projects of Bushwick into a confident child with a deep love of learning and the vision of a world filled with possibilities.

That formative love of learning has reaped big rewards. Davida excelled at parochial schools, then at SUNY Binghamton, where she was a triple major in Philosophy, Politics and Law. To save money for law school, she worked at Carnegie Hall where she met top performers on events like the Tony Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. Several years later, she was awarded a Master’s degree in Organization and Global Management and Urban Leadership from Ashford University in Georgia. While she seriously considered law school, the days and nights in entertainment—particularly the creative side of production—excited her and so, rather than enroll in law school, she embraced a new career in the entertainment industry. She now has her own events company with credits at NBC and Viacom for live telecasts including the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square.

Although she fulfilled her dream to work in the bright lights of the New York City entertainment world, Davida has other dreams that harken back to the early opportunities given to her. She yearns to found an educational center for children, much like BKS, where kids and teens, can be safe, engaged and inspired.

This daughter of Brooklyn still calls Brooklyn home.

Two-thirds of children entering any of the five Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) centers show significant signs of developmental and language delays. Despite this terrible statistic, more than 90 percent of these children complete the BKS program on par with, or better than, peers from families with higher incomes. That’s a statistic we can cheer about. And BKS is indefatigable. It has provided high-quality, innovative and free early childhood education to low-income children in Brooklyn since 1891. Because of its founders’ vision and the tireless support and dedication of countless volunteers and staff, the lives of tens of thousands of children have been transformed, moving from at-risk to real opportunities for success in school and life.