DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC)

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 DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) 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 DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) 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

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC).

Essential Components

The essential components of DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) 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

DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) 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
  • Foster / Kinship Care
  • Hospital
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
  • Group or Residential Care
  • School Setting (Including: Day Care, Day Treatment Programs, etc.)


DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) includes a homework component:

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


DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC) has materials available in a 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

Manuals 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.

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 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

Ortiz, H. J., & Plunkett, S. W. (2003). Assessing the cultural dimensions of the Los Niños Bien Educados. Journal of Extension,41(6).

Type of Study: Qualitative - Focus Group
Number of Participants: 10


  • Age — 28-41 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — 100% Latino
  • Gender — Not specified
  • Status — Participants were parents attending the Los Niños Bien Educados program.

Location/Institution: Not specified

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
A focus group evaluation was conducted on the Los Niños Bien Educados [now called DCCTF's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE; Authored by CICC)] parenting course to investigate how a cultural frame of reference used in parenting classes for Latinos affects the experiences of the parents who attend them. Results suggested that a cultural frame of reference in parenting courses for Latinos results in increased motivation to continue attending the classes, stronger connection to the course and information, improved parent-child relationships, improvement in cultural adjustment to the U.S., and improved learning of parenting skills. Limitations include the small sample size and the qualitative nature of the study, which doe not report on outcomes of the program.

Length of controlled postintervention follow-up: None.

Additional References

Alvy, K., Plunkett, S., & Rosen, L. (2005). CICC's Los Niños Bien Educados Program Evaluative Studies Conducted During 2001-2004 in Los Angeles County.

Alvy, K. T., Plunkett, S. W., Rosen, L. D., Pichardo, N., Salinas, V., Kulkin, N., & Gonzalez, A. (2003). Bringing parenting education into the early childhood care and education system. Center for the Improvement of Child Caring. https://www.academia.edu/7375751/Bringing_Parenting_Education_Into_The_Early_Childhood_Care_and_Education_System

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, 132-147. https://doi.org/10.1002/1520-6629(199204)20:2%3C132::AID-JCOP2290200204%3E3.0.CO;2-Z

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: April 2023

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2023

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2008