CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE)

About This Program

Target Population: For parents of Latino descent who are raising children in the United States, both Spanish and English speakers

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 12

Program Overview

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring’s (CICC) LNBE program is a parenting skill-building program created specifically for parents of Latino American children. It is designed as a 12-session program to be used with small groups of parents, and as a one-day seminar for large numbers of parents.

Program Goals

The goals of CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados are:

  • Prevent and treat child abuse
  • Promote pride in cultural heritage regarding child rearing
  • Recognize and better manage cultural and generational contributors to parent-child conflicts
  • Prevent and treat child behavior disorders
  • Reduce parental stress
  • Reduce parental contributors to child substance abuse
  • Improve child school performance
  • Cope better with the effects of racism and prejudice
  • Teach tolerance
  • Strengthen family cohesion

Essential Components

The essential components of CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE) include:

  • Culturally Specific Parenting Strategies:
    • Defining Bien and Mal Educados
    • Traditional Family and Gender Roles
    • Adjusting and Acculturating to the U.S.A.
  • General Parenting Strategies:
    • Social Learning Ideas and Pinpointing and Counting Behavior
    • Parental Functions and Responsibilities
    • Family Expectations are Like a Coin and Family Expectation Guidelines
    • Get Home Safely Rules
    • 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 Dichos:
    • Effective Praise
    • Mild Social Disapproval
    • Ignoring
    • Time Out
    • The Point System
    • First/Then
    • Show and Tell
    • Family Chat or Platica
  • Special Topical Coverage:
    • Child Abuse Laws and Proper Parenting
  • Group Sizes:
    • For the full, 12 session version of the program = 10 to 15 parents
    • For the one-day seminar version of the program = 50 to 150 parents

Program Delivery

Parent/Caregiver Services

CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parents of children displaying disobedience, aggression, shyness, tantrums, and the whole spectrum of childhood behavior problems

Recommended Intensity:

Three-hour sessions weekly or a 6.5 hour one-time seminar

Recommended Duration:

12 weeks of sessions or the one-day seminar

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Adoptive Home
  • Birth Family Home
  • Community Agency
  • Foster/Kinship Care
  • Hospital
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Residential Care Facility
  • School


CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE) includes a homework component:

Each session has homework and/or home behavior change projects with the targeted child.


CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE) has materials available ina language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • The Parent Handbooks with program and skill descriptions
  • An overhead projector and screen
  • Space for 8-12 parents with enough room break into dyads for skill practice
  • Laptop Computer
  • Projector/screen
  • DVD Player/monitor
  • Dry erase board with pens and eraser

Education and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

The program is designed to be led by one instructor who presents the program, demonstrates and models the skills, and provides individual consultations to parents on their home behavior change projects. Practitioners ranging from paraprofessional prevention specialists and parent involvement coordinators to children service workers with Bachelor's level degrees to psychologists with doctorate degrees have been trained to deliver the program. It is best to have had prior training in behavior modification or behavior analysis, as well as education and training in child development and group dynamics. In addition, exposure to Latino Studies courses and materials is helpful. The majority of the 1500 instructors trained and certified in this program have been of Latino descent, bicultural, and bilingual.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
  • Kerby Alvy, Training Coordinator
    Center for the Improvement of Child Caring

    phone: (866) 294-6016
Training is obtained:

People can enroll in already scheduled workshops in a variety of cities, or workshops can be brought to a location to be performed on a contractual basis.

Number of days/hours:

Five 6.5-hour days

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE).

Additional References

Alvy, K. (1994). Parent training today: A social necessity, Studio City, CA: Center for the Improvement of Child Caring.

The LNBE program is based on the principles of the Effective Black Parenting Program, which was tested and reported in Myers, H. F., Alvy, K. T., Arlington, A., Richardson, M. A., Marigna, M., Huff, R., ... & Newcomb, M. D.(1992). The impact of a parent training program on inner-city African-American families. Journal of Community Psychology, 20, 132-147.

Contact Information

Kerby Alvy, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Center for the Improvement of Child Caring
Phone: (818) 358-4858

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2008