background: most pediatric cardiac arrest episodes are the result from extra cardiac events. they occur at home, while children are under the supervision of their parents or caregivers. therefore pediatric health care providers should promote the education of basic pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr) to parents. objective: to describe the outcome of an educational program of basic pediatric cpr to parents of admitted children. patients and method: 108 parents of 89 patients admitted to the pediatric service of the clinical center universidad catolica were provided with cpr training. acquired knowledge was assessed through a phone survey, consistent in 6 questions with a maximum score of 14 points, applied 1 month after the training session. results: median score obtained was 12 points. five participants achieved a score of 14 points. least retained knowledge related to: steps of cpr (31.5%), number of cycles before activating an emergency system (55.6%), and steps followed when removing foreign body airway obstruction in conscious children (14.8%). conclusions: in this study, only a few participants were able to answer all six questions without mistakes. however, hard-to-remember concepts were identified, for emphasis in future educational programs.