Los Angeles County, CA - May 23-27, 2005
This intensive, five-day workshop prepares you and/or your staff with
the training, materials and certification to lead Los Ninos Bien
Educados classes and seminars in your community. Join the more than
1,000 instructors nationwide that have already been trained to deliver
this evidence-based national model program for parents of
Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.
CICC Founder and Executive Director
CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados Parenting Program:
Diversity within Cultural Diversity: Special Challenges,
The Los Ninos Bien Educados Program 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, it
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."
Developed especially for Spanish-speaking and Latino- origin
parents, this parenting skill building program is respectful of
the unique traditions and customs of Latino families and is
sensitive to the variety of adjustments that are made as Latino
families acculturate to life in the United States.
Los Ninos Bien Educados is based on child rearing research
with Latino families, the recommendations of Latino educators
and mental health authorities, and adaptations of parenting
skills that have been found to be helpful for parents of all
ethnic and social class backgrounds.
Parents are oriented to consider the potential causes of
"mal educados." This includes teaching basic child
development information to assist parents in arriving at
age-appropriate expectations. Information about child abuse and
child abuse laws helps broaden understandings of what is
considered proper and improper parental behavior in the United
All skills are taught with an awareness of the potential
cultural conflicts that might emerge from their use and with
sensitivity to the life circumstances of low income Latino
families. They are taught with the use of "dichos," or
Spanish sayings, to help nest them in a culturally and
linguistically familiar context. Amusing drawings of family life
also enliven the teaching of skills and concepts, and all
sessions end with a "platica" where parents take
leadership roles in solving common problems.
The program is designed to be taught in Spanish or English
and consists of 12 three-hour training sessions. Its initial
field testing in the 1980's was with newly immigrated Latino
families and it was highly successful.
More recent studies continue to confirm its effectiveness.
Los Ninos Bien Educados is now being used nationwide with a
variety of Latino- Americans. It has become the centerpiece of
parent involvement programs in numerous school districts, as
well as serving as part of drop-out prevention projects. It is
also being used by a variety of social service agencies for
family preservation and unification purposes, and by hospitals,
churches and mental health clinics.
Initial Program Evaluations
Recent Evaluation Studies
The following is a listing of the full content of the Los
Ninos Bien Educados Program, which is customarily taught in 12
three-hour training classes.
Defining Bien and Mal Educados
Traditional Family and Gender Roles
Adjusting and Acculturating to the U.S.A.
- Culturally-Specific Parenting Strategies
General Parenting Strategies
- Social Learning Ideas and Pinpointing and Counting
- Parental Functions and Responsibilities
- Family Rules Are Like A Coin, and Family Rule Guidelines
- The Causes of Child Behavior and Considering the Causes
Before and After You Act
Basic Parenting Skills Taught in a Culturally-Sensitive
Manner, Using Latino-American Language Expressions and
- Effective Praise
- Mild Social Disapproval
- Time Out
- The Point System
- Show and Tell
- Family Chat or Platica
Special Program Topics
- Child Abuse Laws and Proper Parenting
This five day intensive workshop will be lead by CICC's
Senior National Trainer-of-Instructors, Dr. Martha L. Lopez. Dr.
Lopez received her doctorate in Multicultural Education from the
University of San Francisco and Masters degree from California
State University at Fresno. She has been on the staff of the
University of California Cooperative Extension for over 30
years. She is widely recognized for her expertise in parenting
skills for Hispanics, as her status with CICC reflects.
Throughout her career she has led numerous instructor training
workshops in CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados program, as well as
running many classes for parents. Dr. Lopez brings a unique
perspective to her work with families at risk since she herself
was raised in a migrant farmworker family.
Workshop Enrollees receive the entire Instructor Kit of
training materials (instructor manual, instructional
transparencies, parent handbook, CD on generating and
maintaining classes, etc.) which itself is valued at $415
The workshop enrollment fee is $925, which includes the Kit
and certification to conduct the program in your community,
agency or school.
This workshop will take place at:
El Centro De Amistad
566 South Brand Boulevard
San Fernando, CA. 91340
All education, health, mental health, and social service
paraprofessionals and professionals are welcome to enroll.
Psychologists can receive 35 hours of continuing education
credits, as CICC is approved by the American Psychological
Association to offer continuing education credits. CICC
maintains responsibility for the program.
CICC is also an approved continuing education provider by the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the California Board
of Registered Nursing, Provider #14028.
The entire Instructor Kit can be purchased separately from
the workshop, as can its individual components, such as the
to obtain the Kit or its components.
CICC also makes available a wide range of books and videos on
Latino American parenting and family life, which can also be
for these additional materials.
Over 2,500 agencies, departments, schools, hospitals and
religious institutions have sent their staffs to be trained in a
CICC instructor workshop.
here for a State-by-State listing of institutions whose
staff members have already been trained through these workshops.
CICC can bring a Los Ninos Bien Educados instructor training
workshop to any community that would like to offer the program
through its school district, social services or health
departments, or through any combination of local institutions.
If a community or agency has at least 15 instructors that it
would want trained from one or more of its institutions, CICC
can arrange to have a national trainer travel to that community
to conduct a workshop when and where they would like it to be
CICC can also arrange to have instructor training workshops
in its Effective
Black Parenting or Confident
Parenting programs brought to your community.
The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) was
founded in 1974 by Dr.
Kerby T. Alvy and has grown to be one of the nation's
largest and most productive nonprofit parenting and parenting
education organizations. For more information about CICC's many
programs, activities, products and services, go to www.ciccparenting.org,
or call toll-free (800) 325-2422.
To sign up to receive CICC's free Effective Parenting