No time is more crucial to our emotional and social development than early childhood.
That’s why Great Circle offers the Incredible Years® program – a free, video-based program that provides parenting education to families with children at risk of abuse or child conduct problems because of risk factors associated with poverty.
The 10-week, evidence-based program helps parents or caretakers develop skills and techniques that will build positive relationships that promote a child’s social and emotional competence and school readiness, and reduce behavior problems. Outcomes include:
- Improved parenting skills and techniques
- Strengthened parental competence, especially in using nonviolent discipline approaches
- Increased positive family support networks and school involvement
While parents and caretakers attend the adult sessions, their children ages 3-10 participate in the Dina Program®, Incredible Year’s child component. It focuses on strengthening the child’s social and emotional skills by helping him/her better understand and communicate feelings, use effective problem-solving strategies, manage anger, practice friendship and conversational skills, and develop other appropriate behaviors.
Great Circle’s Incredible Years program in northeast Missouri is currently funded through a grant from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund.Learn more about Incredible Years and its developer Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton at http://incredibleyears.com. The program has been independently evaluated by researchers in the United States and other countries, through numerous randomized control group research studies using independent observations with diverse groups of parents and teachers.