DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC)

About This Program

Target Population: African-American families at risk for child maltreatment

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Program Overview

DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) is a parenting skill-building program created specifically for parents of African-American children. It was originally designed as a 15-session program to be used with small groups of parents. A one-day seminar version of the program for large numbers of parents has been created. EBPP is disseminated via instructor training workshops conducted nationwide.

Program Goals

The goals of the DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) are:

  • Prevent and treat child abuse
  • Prevent and treat child behavior disorders
  • Promote cultural pride
  • Reduce parental stress
  • Prevent and treat child and parent substance abuse
  • Improve child school behavior and performance
  • Strengthen family cohesion
  • Cope better with racism and prejudice
  • Avoid cultural self-disparagement
  • Teach tolerance

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC).

Essential Components

The essential components of the DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) include:

  • Culturally Specific Parenting Strategies:
    • Achievement Orientation to Parenting: The Pyramid of Success for Black Children
    • Traditional Black Discipline vs. Modern Black Self-Discipline
    • Pride in Blackness: Positive Communications about Heritage, Coping with Racism, Avoiding Black Self-Disparagement
    • Finding Special Times for All of Our Children: Chit Chat Time
  • General Parenting Strategies:
    • Social Learning Ideas and Pinpointing and Counting Behavior
    • The Thinking Parent's Approach
    • Family Rules Are Like A Coin, and Family Rule Guidelines
    • Get Home Safely Rules
    • Children's Developing Abilities
    • Children's Thinking Stages and the Development Swing between Belonging and Independence
  • Basic Parenting Skills Taught in a Culturally Sensitive Manner, Using African-American Language Expressions and African Proverbs:
    • Effective Praise
    • Mild Social Disapproval
    • Ignoring
    • Time Out
    • Special Incentives
  • Special Program Topics:
    • Single Parenting
    • Preventing Drug Abuse
  • Group treatment with either weekly small group sessions or a one-time large group seminar

Program Delivery

Parent/Caregiver Services

DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parents living in high-risk situations that can lead to child maltreatment

Recommended Intensity:

Weekly three-hour sessions or one-day 6.5 hours abbreviated seminar version

Recommended Duration:

15 weeks total including a session for graduation and testifying or just one-day for the abbreviated seminar version

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Birth Family Home
  • Foster / Kinship Care
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider


DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) includes a homework component:

A variety of homework projects are required, including behavior change projects with targeted children, bringing in members of the extended black family to participate, using family rules, etc.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • The Parent Handbooks with program and skill descriptions
  • 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.

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.

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Practitioners ranging from paraprofessional prevention specialists and parent involvement coordinators to children service workers with Bachelor's level degrees and Doctorate-level psychologists 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 Black Studies courses and materials is helpful. The majority of the instructors trained and certified in this program have been of African descent.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

People can attend regularly scheduled workshops in different cities or the workshop can be brought to a specific location on a contractual basis.

Number of days/hours:

Five 6.5 hour days

Implementation Information

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are no pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC).

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) as listed below:

There is a Getting Parents Into Program CD available.

Fidelity Measures

There are no fidelity measures for DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC).

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC) as listed below:

  • Multi-Component Instructor Kit including:
    • Fully scripted Instructor Manual (over 300 pages)
    • One Parent Handbook
    • Power Point CD of Instructional Charts
    • Promotional Video
    • Promotional Flyer Master
    • Getting Parents Into Program CD
    • The Soulful Parent book of evaluative interviews with parents, instructors and trainers of instructors

The Kit is included in the price for instructors attending training workshops and also can be purchased separately from attending workshops.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has not been conducted on how to implement DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC).

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Child Welfare Outcomes: Safety and Child/Family Well-Being

Myers, H. F., Alvy, K. T., Arlington, A., Richardson, M. A., Marigna, M., Huff, R., Main, M., & Newcomb, M. D. (1992). The impact of a parent training program on inner–city African–American families. Journal of Community Psychology, 20(2), 132–147. https://doi.org/10.1002/1520-6629(199204)20:2%3C132::AID-JCOP2290200204%3E3.0.CO;2-Z

Type of Study: Pretest-Posttest with control group
Number of Participants: 173 families


  • Age — Children: 6-8 years; Adults: Mean=33.5 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — 100% African-American
  • Gender — Children: Not specified; Adults: 93% Female
  • Status — Participants were high-risk, low income, and lived in an inner city community.

Location/Institution: South Central Los Angeles, CA

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
This study tested the efficacy of the Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) [now called DCCTF'S Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP; Authored by CICC)] on inner-city African-American parents and their children in regards to parenting practices, the quality of the parent-child relationship and child behavior problems and competencies. Measures include the Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire for Mothers, the Parenting Practices Inventory, the Retrospective Family Relationships Questionnaire, and the Child Behavior Checklist. Results from Cohort I indicated that parents in the EBPP indicated significant improvements in parental rejection, in the quality of family relationships, and in child behavior outcomes than those in the control group. Additionally results from Cohort II indicated that parents in the EBPP reported using significantly more praise and less hitting and spanking as part of their parenting repertoire than control parents. At 1-year follow-up reductions in parental rejection and in hyperactive and withdrawn behavior in boys and sexual problem behaviors in girls and parent-child relationship were maintained. Limitations include lack of randomization of participants, reliance on self-reported measures and small sample size.

Length of controlled postintervention follow-up: 1 year.

Additional References

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

Alvy, K. T., Harris, E., Ball, L. N., & Liggins, H. (2011). The soulful parent: Raising healthy, happy and successful African American children. Center for the Improvement of Child Caring.

Child Welfare League of America (2006). Parenting education and support: A special issue of CWLA's Child Welfare Journal. Author.

Contact Information

Kinaya C. Sokoya, EdD
Title: Executive Director
Agency/Affiliation: DC Children's Trust Fund
Website: www.dcctf.org/parent-education
Phone: (202) 299-0900

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2021

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2023

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2007