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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: