Parenting and the Coronavirus: Educating and Guiding Children

The fastest and most comprehensive way to learn about what to do and say to children about the pandemic Corona Virus is to use the internet. There you will find an excellent array of authoritative and sensitive articles and videos to best prepare you.

Written by experts in the fields of child and family life, you will find such powerful and simple articles like:

8 Tips on what to tell your kids about coronavirus

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak

The videos include CNN where experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics explain the relationship between reassuring children about the virus and educating them

Another excellent video is from the CDC which, among other important topics, discusses useful ways about talking to different aged children

All parents and people who work with children are well served by taking advantage of these convenient and practical resources. We at the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring urge you to be the best parent and friend to children by making frequent use of these resources.

The New Confident Parenting, with Yelling, Threatening, Putting Down: What To Do Instead

The 46 year old Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is making available its New Confident Parenting Program for use worldwide. This cognitive behavioral skill-building effort, which was initially developed through research and demonstration grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, is designed for use with families from any cultural background and with children of different ages including with teenagers.

The original Confident Parenting Program was created in the 1970s for families of children 2 to 12. It taught several non-violent parenting skills such as effective praise, mild social disapproval, ignoring, time out and a special incentive system. It was developed within a child mental health clinic where it was used as an adjunctive treatment intervention with parents whose children had been referred for behavior problems. It was found to be highly effective in reducing problematic child behaviors and improving the quality of family life. When CICC adopted the program, it became successfully employed as part of a national model for training parenting instructors.

The New version was created for use in the current millennium. It covers more parenting skills, strategies and topics of contemporary interest, such as how to manage social media and technology. It is written by Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, CICC’s founder and director, and Dr. Camilla A. Clarke, one of CICC’s National Trainers of Instructors.

The new curriculum consists of 15 instructional units, which appear in the Parent’s Handbook. An instructor can teach all units as part of a parenting class or selected units. Thus, the program allows for classes of varying lengths.

The program is accompanied by a DVD where many of its parenting skills and strategies are exemplified, Yelling, Threatening, Putting Down: What To Do Instead. Included are the Effective Praising and Mild Social Disapproval skills and the “Thinking Parent’s Approach” and “Family Rules Are Like a Coin” strategies. Scenes where parents are about to yell, threaten or put down children are shown. The DVD is stopped to ask parents what they would do instead? Then the DVD is shown again with examples of very positive ways of managing child rearing challenges. The families depicted in the scenes are from different cultural backgrounds.

The Instructional Kit for the program includes a Parent’s Handbook, the Yelling DVD with its own Discussion Guide, 54 amusingly illustrated Family Rule Cards, 117 Instructional Charts and Drawings to use while teaching all or parts of the program and much more.

A professionally-led Parenting Instructor Training Workshop in this program can be arranged for any location. It provides training by one of CICC’s National Training Instructors, the Complete Instructor Kit, and Certification to conduct classes. If interested in bringing the workshop to your area, please complete and return a Workshop Application Form HERE.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR WASHINGTON DC’S MARCH 9-13, 2020 EFFECTIVE BLACK PARENTING INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOP…

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is proud to announce that on the week of March 9-13, 2020, a workshop to prepare people to deliver classes in its Effective Black Parenting Program will be offered in Washington, DC.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The last date for Enrolling in this Workshop, IF YOU ARE COMING FROM OUTSIDE DC, is February 24, 2020!

This Workshop will use the newly Updated Version of this National Model Skill-Building Program.

The 5-Day Workshop is being co-sponsored by and located at the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund.

To Register, go directly to the website of the Trust Fund by clicking HERE
The cost for enrolling is $1,795.00 per person.

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

2) WHAT YOU GET: 5 Days of Professional Training, a recently updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that contains the materials needed to run Classes, and Certification to conduct Classes.

3) ENROLLMENT FEE: $1,795.00 (which includes the updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that is valued at $485.00)

4) WORKSHOP LEADER: Ruth M. Rich, M.A. (who has conducted numerous classes)

5) LOCATION: D.C. Children’s Trust Fund, 1112 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)

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, and is considered to be an Evidence-Based National Model. The Program now has its own website where you can learn about its history, what it teaches and its impact on parents and children. The program website can be reached by clicking HERE

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CICC’s founder and director, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy receiving congratulations from President Clinton for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

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To obtain Instructional Materials for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, independent of enrolling in the Workshop, Click HERE

Effective Black Parenting Instructor Training Workshop In Washington, DC, March 9-13, 2020

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is proud to announce that on the week of March 9-13, 2020, a workshop to prepare people to deliver classes in its Effective Black Parenting Program will be offered in Washington, DC.

This Workshop will use the newly Updated Version of this National Model Skill-Building Program.

The 5-Day Workshop is being co-sponsored by and located at the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund.

To Register, go directly to the website of the Trust Fund by clicking HERE
The cost for enrolling is $1,795.00 per person.

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

2) WHAT YOU GET: 5 Days of Professional Training, a recently updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that contains the materials needed to run Classes, and Certification to conduct Classes.

3) ENROLLMENT FEE: $1,795.00 (which includes the updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that is valued at $485.00)

4) WORKSHOP LEADER: Ruth M. Rich, M.A. (who has conducted numerous classes)

5) LOCATION: D.C. Children’s Trust Fund, 1112 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)

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, and is considered to be an Evidence-Based National Model. The Program now has its own website where you can learn about its history, what it teaches and its impact on parents and children. The program website can be reached by clicking HERE

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CICC’s founder and director, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy receiving congratulations from President Clinton for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

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To obtain Instructional Materials for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, independent of enrolling in the Workshop, Click HERE

Help Teens Cope With Mental Health Issues

On the basis of an outreach communication from Samantha Litton of DrugRehab.com, who was contacting us on behalf their sister site, Palmer Lake Recovery, we have become aware of an excellent resource about the mental health needs of teens.

According to information compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health, about 20% of all teens either have or are likely to have a serious mental illness between the ages of 13 and 18. This includes issues such as anxiety disorders, mood swings and behavioral problems.

This excellent and interactive resource is designed to educate and empower parents of teens, their family members and the teens themselves to become more aware and better informed. Here is a link to the resource:

Parents Guide: How To Help Your Teen Cope With Mental Health Issues.

We at the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring are pleased to make you aware of this excellent and carefully constructed resource guide and to urge you to make use of it!

Parenting Errors Guidebook: 50% Discount as a Holiday Gift

Dr. Kerby Alvy’s highly respected parenting guidebook, on how best to understand and cope with common child rearing mistakes, is an excellent holiday gift. Autographed copies are currently available at a significant discount!

This practical 125 page book has received excellent reviews and prestigious awards. It provides details of why all parents are prone to make errors because of the awesome responsibilities that are part of the daily care of children. It details both errors of commission and omission, including those that may have been continuing for months or even years.

Then the book provides a unique approach for addressing and overcoming mistakes: The AAR Approach: Admitting to ourselves that we have made mistakes, Apologizing to our children for making mistakes, and, most importantly, Restoring or Reimbursing our children for the mistakes with a concrete plan for avoiding future errors.

The book is full of usable examples of the more productive and positive ways of relating to children and youth. Included are real life examples that are relevant to different populations of parents (First Nation, African American, and Latino).

Parenting Errors deserves to be part of every parents’ preparation and education!

The cost for the soft cover version is usually $19.99. But here it is made available at a holiday gift price of $9.99 when you use our Holiday Coupon Code: PEHOLIDAY (This is good through January 31, 2020).

Click HERE to purchase this very practical guidebook and be sure to enter Coupon Code PEHOLIDAY in the Shopping Cart.

Dr. Alvy, a clinical child psychologist, is the founder and director of the 45 year old Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (www.ciccparenting.org). Parenting Errors is one of his many books, manuals and parenting programs (See the complete works of Dr. Alvy). His work has already assisted over a million parents to become more sensitive and effective in helping their children to reach their full potential.

Self-Teaching Tools for Managing Child Behaviors

Every parent needs and deserves to know how to positively manage the behaviors of their children.

The Parent Handbook of CICC’s New Confident Parenting Program provides such practical guidance. It contains units of instruction on:

How Children Learn,

How to use Family Rules to benefit everyone in the family,

How to use the Thinking Parents Approach in responding to child behaviors,

How to Praise effectively,

How to Set Limits and Discipline without yelling or spanking,

How to make technology an ally and not a competitor, and

How to help children refuse and stay off drugs.

To order this $30 handbook, click Here.

If you would like to run classes to teach these parenting ideas and skills, purchase the complete Instructors Kit.

If you would like to bring a workshop to your community to teach groups of instructors, fill out and return the Workshop Application Form.


All parents make mistakes in raising children.

Parenting Errors: How to Solve Them clarifies the many and interrelated responsibilities of parents, defines what parenting errors are, and provides a unique approach to solving them.

This guidebook costs $19.95 and can be obtained by clicking Here.

September 10 DEADLINE to Sign up for Effective Black Parenting Instructor Training Workshop in Washington, DC, SEPT. 23-27, 2019

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is proud to announce that on the week of September 23-27, 2019, a workshop to prepare people to deliver classes in its Effective Black Parenting Program will be offered in Washington, DC.

The DEADLINE to Sign Up is Tuesday, September 10, 2019!

This Workshop will be the first to use the newly Updated Version of this National Model Skill-Building Program.

The 5-Day Workshop is being co-sponsored by and located at the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund.

To Register, go directly to the website of the Trust Fund by clicking HERE
The cost for enrolling is $1,795.00 per person.

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

2) WHAT YOU GET: 5 Days of Professional Training, a recently updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that contains the materials needed to run Classes, and Certification to conduct Classes.

3) ENROLLMENT FEE: $1,795.00 (which includes the updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that is valued at $485.00)

4) WORKSHOP LEADER: Ruth M. Rich, M.A. (who has conducted numerous classes)

5) LOCATION: D.C. Children’s Trust Fund, 1112 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)

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, and is considered to be an Evidence-Based National Model. The Program now has its own website where you can learn about its history, what it teaches and its impact on parents and children. The program website can be reached by clicking HERE

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CICC’s founder and director, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy receiving congratulations from President Clinton for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

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To obtain Instructional Materials for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, independent of enrolling in the Workshop, Click HERE

Parent Education is a Critical Component for Promoting Healthy Child Development


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A recent publication from The Future of Children, called Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development, speaks to the role that parent education can play.

The themes and articles presented in this important volume include:

• moving away from a singular emphasis on “fixing” flawed parents and toward enhancing the context in which parents raise their children

• shifting the focus from stopping or preventing the negative to promoting the positive

• measuring success in terms of changes not just among individual participants of a program but also among population-level indicators

• creating a framework in which universal strategies contribute to a more equitable and efficient allocation of costly targeted prevention and clinical services

• redefining the balance among competing goals: child safety, enhanced child development, and parental autonomy

• expanding the way we learn what works best to promote healthy development, going beyond clinical trials to broader questions of implementation and continuous improvement.

“Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development” was edited by Deb Daro of the University of Chicago, Ken Dodge of Duke University, and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, with funding from the Duke Endowment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and First 5 LA. The issue is accompanied by a policy brief, “Achieving Broad-Scale Impacts for Social Programs.”

You can obtain the issue of this publication as a free download HERE

For information about all the publications and work of the Future of Children, visit their Website, http://www.futureofchildren.org.

Effective Black Parenting Instructor Training Workshop In Washington, DC, Sept. 23-27, 2019

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is proud to announce that on the week of September 23-27, 2019, a workshop to prepare people to deliver classes in its Effective Black Parenting Program will be offered in Washington, DC.

This Workshop will be the first to use the newly Updated Version of this National Model Skill-Building Program.

The 5-Day Workshop is being co-sponsored by and located at the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund.

To Register, go directly to the website of the Trust Fund by clicking HERE
The cost for enrolling is $1,795.00 per person.

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

2) WHAT YOU GET: 5 Days of Professional Training, a recently updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that contains the materials needed to run Classes, and Certification to conduct Classes.

3) ENROLLMENT FEE: $1,795.00 (which includes the updated Complete Instructor’s Kit that is valued at $485.00)

4) WORKSHOP LEADER: Ruth M. Rich, M.A. (who has conducted numerous classes)

5) LOCATION: D.C. Children’s Trust Fund, 1112 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

6) TIME COMMITMENT: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday-Friday)

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, and is considered to be an Evidence-Based National Model. The Program now has its own website where you can learn about its history, what it teaches and its impact on parents and children. The program website can be reached by clicking HERE

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CICC’s founder and director, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy receiving congratulations from President Clinton for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

EBP Parents Handbook_3879

To obtain Instructional Materials for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, independent of enrolling in the Workshop, Click HERE