Caring for Our Black Children Project

The County of Merced in Northern California is in the process of helping its African American families to be more effective in raising their children.

Spearheaded by the County’s Early Childhood Program Manager, Samantha C. Thompson, MBA, Merced has initiated a Caring for Our Black Children Project. The project grew out of several months of meetings with key individuals and organizations who want to make parents the best possible first teachers of their children, thereby diminishing problems that emanate from parents not being as prepared as possible.

They needed a parenting program that could be widely offered throughout the County for this purpose. After a careful review of available programs, they selected the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring’s Effective Black Parenting Program. They obtained a grant from a local funding source that includes the support for training a cadre of community leaders to conduct classes in this national model program through local schools, agencies and churches.

An instructor training workshop is scheduled to be taught in Merced the week of March 5-9, 2018. While it is likely that most of the openings in that workshop will be filled by Merced service providers, there may be openings for individuals and organizations outside of Merced.

If you or your organization is interested in being part of that workshop, contact CICC’s Director, Dr. Kerby Alvy, at kalvy@ciccparenting.org. The enrollment fee is $1495 per person.

Merced County is to be congratulated for making the education of its parents of African American children a community priority. Such parents face special obstacles to raising confident and achieving children which are related to our nation’s history of racism and prejudice, The program it has selected was created with special emphasis on assisting parents in dealing with such destructive forces.



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