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New Website About African American Parenting

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) has just created a new website that presents practical guidance and resources for raising healthy, happy and confident African American children.

The website,, contains access to the research and reasoning that went into adapting the Confident Parenting Program to make it more relevant to parents of African American children. Those ideas and research findings contributed greatly to the development of what has become the nation’s most widely used parenting program for African Americans, CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

The research on how the Effective Black Parenting Program itself was developed and evaluated is presented for the first time through this new website, as well as session-by-session descriptions of this national model program.

All of this is made possible by links to never-before available chapters from a new book on the 43-year history of CICC, Putting Effective Parenting First, by CICC’s founder and director, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy.

Further, the new website connects people to the educational materials that are needed to conduct classes in the Effective Black Parenting Program (instructor manual, parent handbooks, etc.), and how they can bring instructor training workshops to their communities, so they can have local personnel trained and certified to conduct classes and seminars in the Program.

Thus, the new website offers parents of African American children, people who work with African American families, and the agencies, schools and organizations whose clients include African Americans, a new resource that can be accessed for a variety of health-promoting purposes.

Go to to learn about and obtain these valuable resources.

Parenting Errors Featured on TV News Program!

The author of PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them, Dr.Kerby T. Alvy, was recently interviewed on the KTLA Morning News.
The interview covered his reasons for creating the book, how parenting has changed over the last few decades, and his views on Helicopter Parenting.

Dr. Alvy also addressed why CICC has focused on creating different parenting programs for specific cultural groups.

You can view this lively News Segment by Clicking on this link:

A Parenting Guide for Every Pediatrician’s Office: PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them

A perfect parenting guidebook for every pediatrician’s office is now available! It is called… PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them.

The Website ( for this practical guide contains the excellent reviews the book has already received.

The book is written by eminent child psychologist, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, the founder and director of the 43 year old Center for the Improvement of Child Caring in California ( The work of Dr. Alvy and the Center has already helped over a million parents to be more sensitive and caring in raising their children.

The new guidebook acknowledges the many responsibilities and challenges of parenting, which results in every parent being prone to make errors. It then (a) defines the type of errors parents make (Errors of commission and omission), (b) provides a systematic approach to solving errors, (c) offers examples, (for the immediate use of positive parenting skills), and (d) connects parents to an array of easily accessible resources they can use in their communities and over the Internet to improve their parenting.

To obtain the book click HERE

To watch the Parenting Errors Video Trailer click HERE

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 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.

A Holiday Gift That Will Be Greatly Appreciated!

With so many holidays upon us, and so many gifts to provide, a copy of Dr. Alvy’s new book, PARENTING ERRORS: How to Solve Them, would make a gift that any parent, family member or colleague who works with parents is very likely to receive with gratitude and appreciation.

It is a new and very practical book that they are unlikely to know about. You will be the person who introduces it to them in the best way possible: by gifting the book to them.

The book has already received excellent reviews from parents and book critics.

By going to the book’s website,,
you will be able to see the reviews as well as place your order.

The book provides a comprehensive definition of parenting, so you will learn why parenting errors are so common. Then you will learn a unique approach to coping with such errors, through which readers are encouraged to contact Dr. Alvy to discuss using that approach and the results of using it.

The book also provides examples for immediate use of great ways of relating to children. It further describes the best contemporary parenting programs, including special programs for African American, First American and Latino parents.

PARENTING ERRORS: How to Solve Them is a book that will be referred to often to make family life more harmonious.

New Child Welfare Leader Supports Prevention & Parent Education

During June of 2017, the Trump Administration hired Mr. Jerry Miller to direct the federal government agency, within the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees child welfare policy and funding.

That agency is the Administration for Youth and Families (ACYF), which includes the oldest and largest federal entity devoted to the welfare of children, the Children’s Bureau.

Mr. Miller previously served in leadership roles for many federal and state welfare agencies.

During a recent interview, he shared his priorities for ACYF. These include a focus on the prevention of child abuse and the use of parent education as a major service in preventing abuse.

These are the same priorities that the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring has been advocating since it’s founding in 1974.

There is an article that appeared in the November 7, 2017 issue of The Chronicle of Social Change that includes the entire interview with Mr. Miller.

You can obtain the entire article of the interview with Mr. Miller by clicking Here.

Press Release for CICC’s Los Angeles County Effective Parenting Project

CICC’s Los Angeles County Effective Parenting Project Started!

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) reports that it has been spearheading a multi-faceted Effective Parenting Project for the residents and agencies of Los Angeles County since 2015.

Such a countywide effort is being announced right now, as the Project has already shown great potential to help thousands of parents to become as effective and sensitive as possible in raising their children.

Since 2015, the Project has trained over 125 new parenting instructors, from the cities of Los Angeles, Palmdale, Lancaster and Pomona. These educators and social workers have been trained to deliver classes in two national model parenting skill-building programs, the Effective Black Parenting Program for parents of African American children and the Los Ninos Bien Educados Program for parents of Latino children.

A variety of local agencies from these cities, including the Children’s Bureau, El Projecto del Barrio, Shields for Families and Prototypes, are now delivering classes in those programs to the families their agencies serve. So too have been the regional offices of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

More instructor training workshops are being planned, including in The New Confident Parenting Program which is a parenting skill-building program for all parents regardless of cultural background.

Another recent aspect of this Project is a new guidebook for all parents. Written by Dr. Alvy, it is entitled PARENTING ERRORS: How to Solve Them. As all parents make some errors in raising their children, the guidebook provides practical skills and approaches for defining and overcoming such errors. It has already been reviewed to be “an easy-to-read approach to universal parenting mistakes and from which almost anyone can benefit to become better adults. It presents a standard for generations to model” (US Review of Books, 2017).

About CICC This nonprofit organization was established in 1974 and has become one of the most productive and influential parenting education groups in the nation. Over one million parents have already been helped by CICC’s various programs and services. 8000 instructors nationwide, from 2500 agencies, have been trained through CICC’s instructor training workshops.

About Dr. Alvy He is a clinical child psychologist who was honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the university where he received his doctorate, as well as being honored at the White House for his and CICC’s work to enhance the status and effectiveness of parents. He is the father of two adult children who also work professionally to improve the personal lives of others.

If your group is interested in sponsoring any of the 5-day Instructor Training Workshops, to prepare and certify more instructors, can fill out a Workshop Application Form. Click HERE to download the form.

The PARENTING ERRORS book can be obtained at

The Parent’s Handbooks for the 3 Programs can be obtained by clicking HERE

An Educational Alternative


The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is pleased to share with you some practical ideas about the value of Home Schooling as an alternative to traditional public and private schooling.

This article was suggested and written by Sally Perkins.

What Kids May Not Be Learning at School

Whether you choose to send your child to school, or you decide to do homeschooling, there are many ways for our little ones to gain a comprehensive set of experiences and life skills. As parents, we know that it is challenging to raise our kids as they face the many phases of growing up, especially since we are likely to make certain parenting errors that will need attention and fixing. It can be difficult, at times, to always know what is best for our children.

But there are certain things that kids may not be learning in the classroom—skills that can ultimately help them become smarter and more adaptable to life in a variety of environments. According to research on homeschooling by the National Home Education Research Institute, there are 2.3 million home–educated students in United States, with the population increasing each year by 2-8%. Clearly, there are a number of benefits to homeschooling our kids, including:

Learning the Best Ways to Learn

In traditional schools, children are sometimes educated to be tiny encyclopedias, which is a result of the fact that teachers tend to focus more on the amount of information that the students receive. Due to standardized testing and other regulated programs at school, some children may not be able to keep up with this influx of information and may fall behind. This discourages learning and wipes out the joy in going to school. Memorization is useless in the long wrong, making it more important for parents to teach their kids ways to learn conceptually.

More Practice Time

In addition to expanding the way that children learn, homeschooling also makes for more time for practicing extra curricular activities. Homeschooling allows kids to finish their schoolwork in a much shorter period of time than those who spend the entire day in the classroom. This means that there is plenty of spare time to hone a child’s interests and their hobbies. Giving kids time to play, to practice sports, and to explore their interests can help them develop needed skills like problem solving and self-control.

Cherishing a Healthy Lifestyle

A final benefit of homeschooling is that parents can encourage and teach their kids how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While many school programs include health classes, these classes do not necessarily give children the opportunity to practice living healthfully. Parents can garden with their children, which can teach them a wide variety of essential life skills and give them the opportunity to exercise. Plus, parents can lead by example and carve out time during the day to prepare healthy snacks and to be physically active. This balance can otherwise be difficult for kids to achieve in the classroom.

If you are a parent considering the best route for your child’s schooling, be sure to reflect on all of the benefits of homeschooling that can help your child find time to live healthfully, grow their interests, and be excited about learning.

Instructor Training Workshop to Bring CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program to Your Community

Parents of African American children are disproportionately over-represented among those who are reported for child abuse and neglect, especially in urban communities.

CICC’s Effective Black Parenting program has been the preventive and interventive program, that for over four decades, has been chosen by community and government agencies to address this scandalous situation.

The vehicles for bringing this research-supported, national model program into communities are instructor training workshops to prepare service providers to deliver the Effective Black Parenting Program locally.

During the week of October 30 to November 3, 2017, such a workshop will be conducted in Chicago, Illinois. There are still a few openings in that workshop.

Here are the specifics:

1) PURPOSE: To learn how to deliver classes in the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

2) WHAT YOU GET: 5 Days of Professional Training, a Complete Instructor’s Kit of materials needed to run classes, and Certification to conduct classes.

3) ENROLLMENT FEE: $1,495.00 (which includes Complete Instructor’s Kit)

4) WORKSHOP LEADER: Ida A. Collier, a National Trainer of Workshops in CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

5) LOCATION: UCAN – 3605 W.Fillmore Street, Chicago, IL 60624

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon.-Fri., Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

To Enroll, Click Here and be sure that you also complete the Enrollee Information Form at the bottom of that page. While enrolling, you can read reactions from parents who have just graduated from the program.

By completing this Workshop, you will be joining over 5,000 colleagues in 44 States and the District of Columbia who have been similarly trained over the last 4 decades.

CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program has won numerous awards, including being honored for its effectiveness at the White House.


Dr. Alvy receiving congratulations from President Clinton for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

To obtain Instructional Materials for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, Click here

To learn more about CICC & Dr. Alvy, Click here

Parenting Errors Book Earns Star Review of Excellent Merit

Dr. Alvy’s new guidebook for parents, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them, has just been awarded the Star Review of Excellent Merit from the prestigious Pacific Book Review.

The Review appears below in its entirety. It was written by Ella Vincent of the Family and Relationships/Parenting subdivision of Pacific Books.

For further descriptions of the book and to purchase copies of PARENTING ERRORS for yourself, your family, friends, colleagues, or as gifts, go to the book’s website,

Here is the Review:

Parenting Errors: How to Solve Them is a perceptive and helpful guide to assist parents and caregivers by child psychologist Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, offering solutions for harried parents to calmly deal with the unpredictable behaviors of their children.

Parenting Errors details the mistakes parents often make when raising children. Alvy notes how parents should not be too lenient nor too authoritarian with kids to make the most impact. Alvy advocates when parents make mistakes, they should take action to correct those actions in a productive way. Parenting Errors has useful steps that parents can take; such as to apologizing to children when they’re wrong. He also advocates progressive parenting tips such as talking to a child to resolve a conflict together.

Alvy’s advice is common sense advice any wise parent should have no problem in assimilating. He adds statements of positive reinforcement which parents can recite to their children in frequent situations, such as during a child’s temper tantrums. Parents can easily apply the clearly written advice, step-by-step to any tough parenting situation.

Though Parenting Errors has script-like sentences parents can literally recite to kids, the book also addresses special parenting circumstances. In a refreshing change from other parental advice books, Alvy addresses the different challenges faced by parents of color and how so many were raised with more authoritarian parenting with corporal punishment. He wants minority parents to break the cycle of harsh parenting and embrace more non-violent resolutions to correct a child’s misbehavior. He delves into the complicated history of African-American parenting since slavery with great sensitivity. Despite the past, Alvy advocates that African-American parents counteract the ugly legacy of corporal punishment in parenting dating back to slavery with positive affirmations to their children about Black pride.

Parenting Errors would be best for parents and caregivers who are dealing with troublesome toddlers or rebellious teenagers. Fans of modern parenting advice books such as The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary would love Alvy’s expertise as well. Even old-school parents who want to maintain control over their children will like the advice Alvy dispenses about how to admit their parenting mistakes to their kids while still exercising parental authority.

Parents who want to openly communicate with their kids will also appreciate the advice of Parenting Errors and can share the text with other parents in book clubs. This book would make a perfect gift for parents-to-be as well as current parents who may need a bit of extra guidance. Additionally, Alvy’s book would be great for child psychologists who want to study the best current psychological methods to help parents and children. Parenting Errors: How To Solve Them is an insightful text that will help parents overcome mistakes to become the best parents they can be, resulting in having the best children they can have also.
Pacific Book Review by Ella Vincent