About CICC

The mission of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is to uphold the rights of children from all cultural backgrounds by helping their parents and other caregivers to raise them as skillfully, sensitively and nonviolently as possible.

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Prior Projects & Programs

Since its founding as a non-profit community service, research and training organization in 1974, the California-based CICC has conducted a wide range of parenting education, support and advocacy services, projects and programs. Some have been of national scope, others statewide, countywide and citywide


Projects have included Parenting Information and Child Abuse Information Centers, Projects for Families with Special Needs Children, a Teenage Parents Project, Projects to Create and Evaluate Parenting Skill-Building Programs, Projects to Disseminate these programs through Training Parenting Instructors, and Membership and Advocacy Projects like the National Parenting Instructors Association and the National Effective Parenting Initiative.

Thus far, more than one million parents nationwide have been educated to be more effective and sensitive through these programs and projects.

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Dr. Alvy

Since its inception the Center's activities have been directed by its founder, Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, a clinical child psychologist. He has designed all of CICC's projects and has written with other parenting authorities all of CICC's parenting programs.

He was previously affiliated for over a decade with the Los Angeles Campus of the California School of Professional Psychology where he was a Professor and served in several other capacities including Faculty President and Dean for Academic Affairs. During those years Dr. Alvy also was part of Kedren Community Mental Health Center in South Los Angeles where his contributions included being Director of Research and Evaluation, Head of the Children's Mental Health Services, and Director of the Child-Parent Community Mental Health Worker Project. He has also taught at UCLA where he received his undergraduate degree and at the California State University at Los Angeles.

He has authored several books for parents and for parenting professionals, including The Positive Parent, The Soulful Parent, and Parent Training Today. His writings have also appeared in professional journals like the American Psychologist and the Journal of Community Psychology, in newspapers like USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs including Good Morning America.

Dr. Alvy has received several honors for his and CICC's work. The university where he received his doctorate, The University at Albany (previously the State University of New York at Albany) honored him as a Distinguished Alumni. He was similarly honored in the White House during the first National Parent's Day celebration. See his résumé by clicking here.

His life has been enhanced through a 30 year marriage and through the joy of being a parent to two daughters, both of whom have become human service helping professionals.