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New Award for Parenting Errors

Dr. Kerby T. Alvy’s parenting guidebook, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them, just received an important Eric Hoffer Book Award for 2018. The book earned an Honorable Mention in the Home category for recently published books.

This award was founded in the name of moral and social philosopher, Eric Hoffer, to honor free-thinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.

PARENTING ERRORS is now available from the website of the non-profit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC). Thus, your purchase will help extend CICC’s parenting education services, as well as bring you and your family excellent ways of raising and relating to children. Click HERE to obtain the book.

Here is what readers and reviewers are saying about Dr. Alvy’s book:

“Reading this book was remarkably illuminating and made me assess my own parenting as well as my relationships with my children.”

“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.”

“Alvy’s book would be great for child psychologists who want to study the best psychological methods to help parents and children.”

“An easy-to-read approach to universal parenting mistakes and from which anyone can benefit to become better adults. It presents a standard for future generations to model.”

CICC Partnership with Gifted Parents!

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is delighted to announce its official partnership with Gifted Parents (GP), a global network of parents passionate about their children’s education and future well-being, and eager to make a positive impact in the world. We are excited to be able to offer our families an access to a global network of families, educators and professionals that can help guide as well as connect families in many meaningful ways. Some of the unique features of GP include:

• Access to World-Class Industry Experts & Information

• Weekly live-webinars are conducted by world-class experts in various industries from around the world, including a Q&A session where members can interact and get personal feedback. All live-webinars are recorded and posted on the archive to be viewed anytime.

• A library of written columns from our experts on topics such as “Taking Care of Yourself: The First Step to Good Parenting” and “Your Child’s College Essay-Make It Great”

• A Global Member Directory

• Current GP members come from over 100 major cities in 43 countries and are growing rapidly each day. Members can search for like-minded member parents worldwide by location or children’s age group for one-on-one communication and sharing.

• Opportunities to participate in worldwide events, internships and partnerships

• The diverse membership base allows for global internship and job opportunities. For example, a member in Dubai recently posted an internship opportunity including room & board for summer of 2017.

• Member families and their children also have the opportunity to meet in person while traveling, forming life-long relationships.

• Discussion Boards

• Members can discuss any topic of choice on a variety of discussion boards.

• Exclusive Member-Only Discounts

• Many of GP’s corporate partners allow substantial discounts on their products and services exclusively for GP members. (e.g. discount on select Princeton Review products (test-prep courses, individual online tutoring, discount at registration for summer camps and programs at Summer Institute for the Gifted, discounts for first-class airfare from Executive Flights, etc.)

For more information about Gifted Parents and its member benefits, please visit

CICC Members and Friends: Please use the exclusive code “CICC50” to receive 50% discount on the Gifted Parents membership.

DR. ALVY @ LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS – April 21, 2018 – 3:30-4:30 PM

At the gala and prestigious LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, you will be able to meet Dr. Kerby Alvy and receive a complimentary signed copy of his new parenting guidebook, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them. Over 100,000 people attend this FREE Admission Event each year and celebrity authors discuss their books.

Dr. Alvy, CICC’s founder and executive director will be available to sign your free book from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the AUTHOR SOLUTIONS Booth # 211 – Purple Zone – North Trousdale Parkway & West 34th Street
For Festival of Books Map, Click HERE.

The Festival will be held at the:
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
3535 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90089

Be sure to get to the Booth early as only the first 75 visitors will receive a FREE book.

PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them provides a comprehensive appreciation of parental responsibilities and a unique approach to solving common errors. This practical guidebook has received excellent reviews. Visit the book’s website to read the reviews, see excerpts, book video, Television Interview with Dr. Alvy and more.


As the nation’s foremost protector of children, Marian Wright Edelman’s Children’s Defense Fund has once again created a series of guidelines that should be part of every family’s basic values and actions. And once again our parent education organization, Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is making these available to every person and group we relate to, and especially to the parenting instructors we train nationwide to help parents do the best job possible.

Just as we widely distribute the practical rules the Trust Fund created to help children and youth to Get Home Safely when stopped by the police, we are herein orienting you to the Defense Fund’s excellent new document, THE TRUTH ABOUT GUNS. Click here to obtain your copy:

This carefully researched treatise contains 11 “truths” about guns that everyone should be aware of and act upon. Please further distribute this document to family members, friends, colleagues, schools, places of business, and places of worship.

As our children are now telling us, “Enough!” “Not one more!” “Fear has no place in our schools!” “Life is more important than guns!”

Let’s follow their lead!

Book Signing : Parenting Errors – This Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 2 PM – Studio City

Dr. Kerby Alvy will be doing a signing of his new book, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them, on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Barnes & Noble’s Bookstar Studio City store at 2 PM.

The store is located at 12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Phone: 818-505-9528

He will be happy to answer any questions about why he wrote this helpful parenting guidebook. It has already received excellent reviews like this one from a father:

“Finally, a Sensible Parenting Book!
Here is a book that is as well written as it is useful. Reading this book was remarkably illuminating and made me assess my own parenting as well as my relationship with my children.

It is written in a positive, reasonable style without judgement and with compassion for all involved in the family. I highly recommend the book.”
-Brad Wilhelm

For additional reviews, book trailer, TV & radio interviews and book excerpts, visit the Parenting Errors Website at

For more information about the Author Signing, Click HERE



LOS ANGELES, CA—In the late 1970s, the non-profit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) created, and began training instructors to deliver, what has become the most widely used parenting program for African Americans, the Effective Black Parenting Program. Over a million African American parents have already been helped in raising happy, healthy and successful children, because they have enrolled in classes that teach the values, ideas and techniques of this national model program.

Now, for the first time, there is a website that is devoted totally to that program and it’s many benefits to parents and children. The new website is .

The website details how and why the program was created and indicates all the African American parenting authorities who were involved in its creation.

The website presents never-before available research findings that led to including in the program:

1. How parents can build a Pyramid of Success for Black Children by modeling and reinforcing positive character traits.

2. How parents can learn and use Effective Praising, and other techniques of the Modern Black Self-Discipline Approach, to gain the cooperation and respect of their children. This modern approach provides a non-violent alternative to the Traditional Black Discipline Approach where physical punishment is used primarily.

3. How parents can learn and connect the positive parenting techniques and ideas of the program to relevant African Proverbs such as “When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth” and “A shepherd does not strike his sheep”.

The website further provides research findings on how the program improves child-parent relations and decreases child behavior problems. How to bring the program to a community is done by having more instructors trained through professionally-led workshops.

As Dr. Kerby Alvy, the founder and director of the 43-year-old CICC, states, “The existence and use of the Effective Black Parenting Program clearly shows that ‘Black Lives Matter’. And further shows that Black parents care enough to learn how to do the best job possible in raising their children.”

The next workshop to train instructors is scheduled for the week of March 5-9, 2018 in Merced, CA.

For Information about this workshop, Click HERE

To directly enroll in this workshop, Click HERE

Help African American Parents Raise Healthy, Happy and Confident Children

Right now is your last chance to be part of the March 5-9, 2018 parenting instructor training workshop to learn how to deliver the nation’s top parenting program for African Americans, CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

Enroll immediately to join 20 enthusiastic counselors, social workers, educators, prevention specialists and community leaders who have already enrolled in this Northern California training event.

Here are the specifics about enrolling in the March 5-9, 2018 workshop:

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 a Complete Instructor’s Kit valued at $460)

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

5) LOCATION: Merced County Office of Education, Early Education Department, 1850 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, CA 95341

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon.-Fri., March 5-9, 2018

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.

For information about the history of the program, about the research on how it was created, and about why 6000 professionals and paraprofessionals have already completed the same five-day training experience, visit the program’s new website,

You might also want to see the state-by-state listing of the 2500 agencies, departments, and schools who paid for their staffs to be certified to deliver the program in their cities and counties. Click Here for that honor roll list.

Effective Black Parenting Instructor Training Workshop – Merced, CA – March 2018

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.

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: