Celebrating National 'Parents' Day,' Sunday, July 24

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California nonprofit helps promote 'unknown parenting holiday' with launch of a new and unique weblog -- EducatedParenting.com.

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), a California nonprofit, is celebrating national 'Parents' Day' with the launch of a new and unique weblog called EducatedParenting.com.

The educational site was created as a way of offering parents, grandparents, professionals, caregivers, guardians, and others the chance to learn more about important parenting and child development issues that affect them.

It also provides an opportunity to interact with one of our nation's foremost authorities on effective parenting and parenting education, Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D., the executive director and founder of CICC and the author of several books on parenting and child development.

In October of 1994, Congress passed a joint resolution establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as 'Parents' Day.' It was signed into law by then President Clinton in ceremonies in the White House that Dr. Alvy was privileged to attend.

Dr. Alvy calls national 'Parent's Day' the "Unknown Parenting Holiday."

In a recent post on EducatedParenting.com Dr. Alvy wrote, "Rarely do we hear about the vast majority of parents who are doing great jobs in raising and nurturing children in today's challenging and dangerous times. Even when a national holiday is proclaimed to celebrate the hard work and importance of parents, most people don't even know that such a holiday exists!"

Dr. Alvy says parents and others can raise public awareness of national "Parents' Day" by calling their local government officials, chambers, service clubs, places of worship, newspapers, radio and television stations and ask if they would be willing to help with proclamations, articles or announcements.

For more information, about Dr. Alvy and the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, go to http://www.CICCparenting.org or http://www.EducatedParenting.com.

You can also call toll-free 1(800)325-2422.

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC, headquartered in Studio City, Calif., was established in 1974. Since then it has grown to be one of the nation's most productive and influential parenting and parenting education organizations.

It has developed and disseminated model parenting education programs which are now being used in over 40 states and the District of Columbia through the 6,000 parenting instructors that have been trained thus far.

The Center also leads a National Partnership Campaign to Find and Help Young Children with Special Needs, publishes a free online Effective Parenting newsletter, and distributes a wide range of parenting education books, videos, CDs and instructional materials through its online bookstore.

For more information about the Center's many programs, activities, products and services, go to http://www.ciccparenting.org or call 1(800)325-2422.

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