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.

  

PROGRAM APPROACH
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.

Approach

Teacher Program Management

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).

INVEST IN KIDS’ ROLE

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

RESULTS

IIK bridges the gap between research and practice, allowing communities to provide services with proven effectiveness. 

Incredible Years Impact

595

parents completed the Preschool Basic Parent Program

565

Highly trained educational staff and program facilitators ensured the successful delivery of each program component

98%

of teachers reported that Incredible Years coaching and training provided the necessary tools to prevent and address challenging behaviors in the classroom

92%

of parents said that they felt positive about achieving their goals for their child and family through the Incredible Years

In order to know that we are successfully bridging that gap, 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 its effectiveness in preventing a wide array of early childhood issues. To that end, we evaluate our programs and our role in implementing them. If you are interested in learning more about our IIK-IY Classroom Data Policy, click here to download a copy. 


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IY Parent Materials 

IY Coach Materials