The Incredible Years evidence-based parenting program focuses on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering their involvement in children’s school experiences.
The goal of this program is to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills, and reduce conduct concerns. There are different parenting programs that are grouped according to age: babies (0-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), preschoolers (3-6 years), and school age (6-12 years).
Key points about Incredible Years:
- Parent groups are delivered in 12-20 weekly sessions of 2-3 hours (length depends on the program implemented).
- Group sessions focus on strengthening parent-child interactions; nurturing relationships; reducing harsh discipline; and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development.
- Preschool and school age parent groups support parents as they learn to promote school readiness skills.
- Parents are urged to partner with teachers and become involved in children’s school experiences to nurture academic and social skills, emotional self-regulation, and to reduce challenging behaviors.