Proud Parenting Grant Program


The Proud Parenting Grant Program, previously known as the “Young Men as Fathers Program,” was originally established in 1997 under the California Youth Authority. In 2005, the Corrections Standards Authority assumed grant administration responsibility for the program and in 2012, upon its establishment, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) assumed responsibility. The intent of the Proud Parenting Program is to support young parents who are or were involved in the juvenile systems and/or who are considered crossover youth within the child welfare system. Participants must be 25 years old or younger at time of enrollment. This grant program assists participants and their children by supporting approaches that increase parenting knowledge, supports positive parent-child interactions, and improves co-parenting relationships. In addition, the grant helps to provide community linkages and encourages family centered activities to strengthen generational bonding.

The annual state budget historically provides $835,000 for the Proud Parenting Grant Program, all of which is used for grant awards.


2022 Proud Parenting Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP)

The RFP provides information necessary to prepare proposals to the BSCC for grant funds available through the Proud Parenting Grant. It was released on June 11, 2021 with an application due date of August 6, 2021.

Proud Parenting Grant Program RFP – PDF


Bidders’ Conference - Agendaopens PDF file

The BSCC held a Bidders’ Conference on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. to answer technical questions from prospective applicants about the RFP and provide clarity on RFP instructions.

Bidders’ Conference PowerPoint Presentationopens PDF file

Meeting Recording

Proud Parenting Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions/Answersopens PDF file


2022 Proud Parenting Executive Steering Committee Roster

Name Title Organization/Agency
1 Norma Cumpian Chair BSCC Board Member
Associate Director, Women's and Non-Binary Services
Anti-Recidivism Coalition
2 Manuel Escandon Director, Student Intervention & Prevention Department Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
3 Jeff Goldman Juvenile Program Manager Nevada County Probation
4 Michelle House Health Program Supervisor Monterey County Public Health
5 Gordon Jackson National Director SACJJDP Member PROTECT, 3Strands Global Foundation
6 Christina Ruiz Public Affairs Spokesperson, Youth Advocate, Lived Experience Childhelp


2018-20 Proud Parenting Grantee Awards/Project Summaries – PDF

2018-20 Proud Parenting Program Request for Proposal Information

From February 9, 2018 through March 30, 2018, California County Probation Departments, County Offices of Education, and Non-Profit Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) located in the State of California were invited to apply for the 2018-20 Proud Parenting Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP).


Comprehensive Monitoring Visit (CMV) Information

Desk Review Information


The BSCC has developed a Proud Parenting inbox to respond to any questions and to accept public comments. The email address for the inbox is new email . BSCC staff requests that all communication be submitted in writing at this time. If you would like to provide public comment, please use the Proud Parenting inbox to provide your input and include the words “public comment” in the subject line.

Past Proud Parenting Grant Cohorts

2015 – 2018 Grantee Awards/Project Summaries - PDF

2012-2015 Proud Parenting Grantees/Awards

2009-2012 Proud Parenting Grantees/Awards