The Incredible Years® (IY) is a suite of prevention programs designed to increase a child’s success at school and at home by promoting positive parent, teacher, and child relationships. The program components have been shown to improve school performance, reduce child behavior problems, promote positive and consistent discipline and support caregivers through a holistic approach involving children, parents and teachers.


IY addresses the unique needs of each audience through distinct yet integrated components and skill-building programs. Each component has been created to be culturally responsive and developmentally and age appropriate.


Teacher Program Management (TCM)

Teachers learn positive teaching strategies and essential skills for classroom management including how to connect to children with challenging behaviors and how to help them manage their emotions

Dinosaur School

60 lessons delivered to children 2-3 times per week. Trained teachers co-lead lessons using puppets to engage in activities that focus on problem solving, self-monitoring emotions, anger management, and how to make friends.

Parent Program

Delivered through a series of 14 weekly parent group meetings. Trained facilitators guide groups of 7-15 parents as they learn strategies and skills that promote children's social competence and reduce behavior problems (e.g. how to play with their children, social, emotional, academic and persistence skills, coaching, effective praise and use of incentives).


  • Community planning: Ensures that all local communities who use or plan to use IY have the knowledge, skills and support needed to support high-quality program delivery and sustainability of the program
  • Training, coaching and fidelity monitoring: Ensures that all implementers are prepared and supported in delivering IY to diverse communities and families
  • Evaluation: Our entity-specific and statewide process and outcomes evaluation gives us the data we need to assist implementing entities in using outcomes for quality improvement
  • Advocacy: Protects state funding for IY through education and advocacy


In order to demonstrate that we are successfully bridging the gap between research and practice, it must be shown that our locally implemented programs achieve results annually that are similar to those produced in the research, which began in 1982. Numerous studies since that time have documented IY's effectiveness in promoting young children's social-emotional skills and teachers' positive classroom management strategies, improving parenting practices, and strengthening teacher-child and parent-child relationships. To that end, we evaluate the IY components annually and our role in implementing them.

2019-2020 Numbers Served


students served by the IY Classroom Components (Dinosaur School and TCM)


educational staff and Parent Program Facilitators ensured the successful delivery of each program component


participants were served by the Preschool BASIC Parent Program

In 2019-2020, statistically significant gains in IY outcomes included:

Dinosaur School and TCM students' Social-Emotional Competence, including Emotion Regulation, Prosocial Communication, and Academic Skills

Students' Dinosaur School social-emotional skills in the classroom

TCM teachers’ Confidence, use of Incentives, Social
Emotional Learning Supports, and Planning and

Parents’ use of Appropriate Discipline, Clear Expectations, and Positive Parenting

Parents’ use of Harsh Discipline and Inconsistent Discipline

Children’s Social-Emotional Competence, including
Emotion Regulation and Prosocial Communication

If you are interested in learning more the student and teacher data that we collect as part of our statewide Dinosaur School and TCM evaluation, please click here to see the IIK-IY Classroom Data Use and Privacy Policy Statement. 

Puppet Friends and Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) 

Looking for ways to help your children or students express their feelings in a healthy way? Join Invest in Kids staff and their puppet friends as they explore the world of human emotions and “feel their feelings.” Along the way, learn helpful tips to support your children or students to celebrate, validate, and normalize all kinds of feelings and experiment with coping strategies designed to relax the body and mind. 

Annual Evaluation Report

To view a copy of the 2019-2020 Report of IY in Colorado, click HERE

Program Materials (requires login)

IY Parent Materials 

IY Coach Materials 

IY Teacher Materials