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|CICC's Discovery Tool & Referral System Helps Identify Special Needs In Young Children
In an effort to help identify special needs in
children under 5, CICC has developed, and put on the
Internet, the CICC Discovery Tool & Referral
System.The Tool consists of a series of
age-specific questions that quickly helps identify
whether a child may have special needs that require
It is estimated that
approximately 75% of children under 5 years of age
who have 'special needs' are NOT being
treated by professionals before entering school.
Those not being treated by that time have lower
chances of reaching their potential and leading
The CICC Discovery Tool & Referral
System has been used successfully by
thousands of parents of young children, caregivers,
agenicies, and professionals in the early childhood
education field nationwide.
The Discovery Tool & Referral System
three types of services simultaneously:
- It educates parents and staff about normative
child development during the first five years of life.
- It assists in identifying whether a young child
may have special needs that require professional
- It connects users of the Tool to a wide range
of professionals, community resources and
The Tool includes a series of questionnaires
about the development of basic skills in six areas of
child development and about potential behavior
problems and family risk factors. The latest version of
the Tool provides the results in the form of a
Developmental Profile that can be printed out.
CICC is disseminating and maintaining the Tool
through user fees and developing partnerships with a
variety of child-serving institutions. The fee to use
the Tool one time for one child is $14.95, and the fee
is $24.95 for using the Tool an unlimited number of
times per year for the same child to keep abreast on
the child's growth and development.
|Los Niņos Bien Educados Workshop Held in Bakersfield, Calif.
Led by Martha Lopez, Ed.D., 14 counselors, social
workers, psychologists and other professionals
learned to deliver CICC's award-winning Los Niņos
Bien Educados program at an 5-day workshop
September 20-24 in Bakersfield, Calif.
CICC's senior trainer-of-instructors for the Los
Bien Educados program. The workshop was
by the Bakersfield City School District and
coordinated by Community Relations Liaison Anna
Los Niņos Bien Educados is built around
the value of raising children to be "bien educados,"
i.e., well-behaved in a social and personal sense, as
well as educated in an academic sense. It explores
parental definitions of what constitutes "bien
educados" and looks at how these definitions get
expressed in traditional family, gender role and age
expectations of children.
From this cultural
framework, Los Niņos Bien Educados teaches
parents a wide variety of
strategies and skills for promoting and maintaining
those child behaviors that they define as
constituting "bien educados" and for reducing those
that they see as reflecting "mal educados."
CICC began conducting instructor training
workshops in the 1970s, when it developed a national
training model parenting program with funding from
the National Institute of Mental Health. Since then,
over 6000 individuals from more than 2500
organizations have been trained and certified to be
Los Niņos Bien Educados, as well as
Confident Parenting and Effective Black Parenting
These and other CICC continuing education
workshops, courses, and seminars are approved by
the American Psychological Association. CICC is
responsible for program content.
|Dr. Alvy Slated to Speak in Washington, D.C. at Children's Defense Fund and The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
CICC's Founder and Executive Director,
Dr. Kerby Alvy, is frequently is asked to speak
regional and statewide conferences for professionals
and parents. When he travels to such conferences
he also makes himself available for presentations
sponsored by local agencies. Dr. Alvy also teaches
continuing education courses and workshops for
On Tuesday Oct. 26, 2004 at 2 p.m., Dr. Alvy is
scheduled to conduct a workshop on "Using
the CICC Discovery Tool & Referral System as
an Early Childhood Education and Early Identification
Methodology" at the The
Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., 25
E Street, NW. His presentation is being hosted by
the Children's Defense Fund's Early Childhood
Development Division. To reserve a seat at this
free workshop, call CICC's toll-free number, 1 (800)
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, from 9 a.m.
to 11 a.m., Dr. Alvy will make a presentation
on "The CICC Discovery Tool & Referral
System and Culturally-Specific Parent
Training" at the offices of the National Education
Association, 1201 16th Street, SW. The
presentation is being hosted by the National Coalition for
Parent Involvement in Education. To
reserve a seat at this presentation, contact Sue
Ferguson at the National Coalition, (703)
On a personal note...while in Washington, Dr.
Alvy will be visiting one of his daughters, Lisa, who is
a senior honor student at the University of California
Lisa is doing an internship semester in Washington at
the National Organization for
She is pictured above(left)with Dr. Alvy, his
and their other daughter, Brittany(center),
who is just
starting her freshman year, also at Berkeley.
|Help Support CICC
Please help further CICC's mission of
Strengthening the American Family through
parent education and training. A wide range of
funding sources is used to keep the Center operating
The most important funds that CICC
receives are from the thousands of individuals who
have made tax-deductible contributions. These
important funds are used by CICC to provide free
parenting services for needy families, to support the
organization's advocacy efforts, and to support the
Center during emergencies.
Click here to make a donation...
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