Early childhood is the most crucial time of life for our healthy emotional and social development.
That’s why Great Circle offers the Incredible Years® program – a free, multi-format program that provides parenting education to families with children ages 3-12 who are at risk of abuse or child conduct problems because of several societal and economic risk factors.
Incredible Years is a 10-week, evidence-based program that helps parents and caretakers develop skills and techniques that will build positive relationships that promote a child’s social and emotional competence and school readiness and help 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
The program is delivered through a combination of small-group sessions, discussions and video-based learning. Additional support is provided for families with a child who has additional special education needs, such as an autism diagnosis or language delay.
Families often are referred to the program by the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division or local family courts. Families also may self-refer to the program.
The Incredible Years program is available in two Missouri regions:
- Residents must live in Adair, Knox, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby or Sullivan counties.
- The complementary Dina Program® also is available for children while parents and caregivers are attending the adult-focused sessions. The Dina Program is for children ages 3-10, and focuses on strengthening the child’s social and emotional skills by helping them better understand and communicate feelings, use effective problem-solving strategies, manage anger, practice friendship and conversational skills, and develop other appropriate behaviors.
- Funding for this program comes through a grant from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund.
St. Louis region
- Residents must live in Jefferson County.
- Funding for this program comes through a grant from Jefferson Memorial Foundation.