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The Incredible Years® Series Evidence-based Parenting Programs

The Incredible Years® evidence-based early intervention parenting programs focus on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement in children’s school experiences, to promote children’s academic, social, and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems. The parent intervention programs are delivered to groups of parents/caregivers according to their child’s age group: babies (0-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), preschoolers (3-6 years), and school age (6-12 years).

Training workshops to equip group leaders with the skills needed to deliver the programs are purchased separately from the program sets below.

Baby Parenting Program

In the Baby Parenting Program, parents learn how to:

  • Help their babies feel loved, safe, and secure.
  • Promote attachment
  • Encourage their babies’ physical and language development.
Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (USB, or 3-disc DVD, or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive Leader’s Manual, including parents’ home activities for Babies Series
  • Incredible Babies: A Guide and Journal of Your Baby’s First Year book
  • My Incredible Baby: Journal of My Baby’s First Year in My Family book
  • Baby Building Blocks Poster
  • Brain Development Refrigerator Magnet
  • Baby Brain Neurons Posters (set of 3)
Language Options
  • English
  • Norwegian
  • Danish
  • Spanish
Training Information

This training will prepare group leaders to implement our Baby Parenting Program. This 9-12 session program focuses on teaching parents how to provide nurturing parenting to babies including offering physical, tactile, verbal, and visual stimulation, coping with crying babies, safety proofing one’s house, and understanding the developmental needs of babies. Parents will learn about managing issues such as crying babies, feeding and diapering problems, and leaders will take advantage of the babies’ presence in the group to set up practices (for example, baby massage). The curriculum uses Dr. Webster-Stratton’s book Incredible Babies as the text for parents.

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Age 0-12 months old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($430) + initial training fees ($710)
Average parent group size 8 to 10
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 9 to 14

Well-Baby Program

The Well-Baby Program can be used by primary care providers, health visitors, pediatricians, and other health providers in primary care settings or in the home to support parents with babies from birth to 9 months of age. This program is designed to help clinicians provide infant health care that promotes responsive, nurturing parenting that will strengthen babies’ attachment and home safety as well as their cognitive, language, social and emotional development.

This program can be implemented as a supplement to the Baby Parenting Training Program.

Curriculum Materials Included
  • 1 DVD set
  • Leader’s Manual
  • Starter set of select home activities on colored tear-off pads
  • Incredible Babies book
  • Promoting Brain Development Magnet
  • Babies’ Building Blocks poster
Language Options
  • English
Age 0-9 months old
Price starting at $430
Average parent group size Individual parents/caregivers
Average number of sessions 6 monthly visits

Toddler Parenting Program (Basic)

In the Toddler Parenting Program (Basic), parents learn how to:

  • Help their toddlers feel loved and secure
  • Encourage their toddler’s language, social, and emotional development.
  • Establish clear and predictable routines.
  • Handle separations and reunions
  • Use positive discipline to manage misbehavior.
Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (USB, or 6-disc DVD, or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive Leader’s Manual, including parent home activities for Toddlers Series
  • Incredible Toddlers: A Guide and Journal of Your Toddler’s Discoveries book
  • Toddlers Parenting Pyramid Poster
  • Toddler Brain Development Neurons Poster
  • Piggy Bank Refrigerator Magnet
Language Options
  • English
  • Norwegian
  • Danish
  • Spanish
Training Information

This training will prepare group leaders to lead three different basic parenting programs: (1) Toddler Parenting Program (ages 1-3 years) which is 13 weekly sessions; (2) Preschool Parenting Program (ages 3-6 years) which is 18-20 sessions; and (3) School-Age Parenting Program (ages 6-8 years) which is 16 sessions (four additional sessions for the Supporting your Child’s Education component).

The training teaches the following content: child-directed play, academic, persistence, social and emotional coaching, praise and encouragement, predictable routines, effective limit setting, nonphysical discipline alternatives, teaching children to problem solve, and supporting children’s education. The training will also teach how to use this program as a prevention program in elementary schools and preschools.

This program may be used by professionals (such as therapists and parent educators from psychology, social work, education, nursing, pediatrics, and psychiatry) who are working with families of young children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ADHD or aggressive behavior problems or anxiety and internalizing problems (ages 3-8 years), or with higher risk socioeconomically disadvantaged families, as well as court-ordered families, foster parents, and teenage parents.

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Age 1-3 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($550) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 13 to 14

Attentive Parenting Program

The Attentive Parenting® program is a “universal” parenting program. It can be offered to ALL parents to promote their children’s emotional regulation, social competence, problem solving, reading and school readiness.

This is not a program for children with significant behavior or developmental problems or family mental health difficulties, although it may be used as a supplement to the Basic programs or for follow up booster sessions.

Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (6-disc DVD, or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive Leader’s Manual, including parents’ weekly “Attentive Parenting® Tips” (brief points to remember from program) and home activities
  • Wally Detective Books (set of 4)
  • Incredible Toddlers: A Guide and Journal of Your Toddler’s Discoveries book
  • The Incredible Years: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8 Years (3rd Edition) book
  • Attentive Parenting® Poster
  • Set of 6 stickers
  • Refrigerator Magnet
Language Options
  • English
  • Norwegian
Training Information

This training covers in depth the Attentive Parenting Program, which is intended to be used as a universal prevention parenting program for all parents. It is designed to promote positive parenting strategies which lead to children’s social and emotional competence. The content of this program includes child-directed play, academic and persistence coaching, emotion coaching, social coaching, emotional regulation training, and problem-solving. This prevention program may be used by professionals (such as therapists and parent educators from psychology, social work, education, nursing, and psychiatry) who are working with families of young children without conduct problems (ages 2-6 years). It may also be used as a follow-up for those who have been through the treatment parenting groups.

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Age 2-6 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($600) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 6 to 10

Preschool Parenting Program (Basic)

The Preschool Parenting Program (Basic) strengthens positive parent-child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development. Parents also learn how to build school readiness skills and are encouraged to partner with teachers and daycare professionals so they can promote children’s emotional regulation and social skills. 

Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (USB, or 9-disc DVD, or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive leader manual (over 800 pages of “how to” tips, leader questions for discussion, parent home activities, and commentary)
  • Book: The Incredible Years: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8 Years (3rd Edition, by Carolyn Webster-Stratton)
  • Book: Collaborating with Parents to Reduce Children’s Behavior Problems: A Book for Therapists Using the Incredible Years Programs (by Carolyn Webster-Stratton)
  • Wally’s Detective Books for Solving Problems (set of 4 books)
  • Piggy Bank Refrigerator Magnet
  • Parenting Pyramid® Poster (illustrates how the program first builds a positive foundation of relationship skills before discipline strategies)
Language Options
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish (manual is English)
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Russian
  • Estonian
  • Portuguese (manual is English)
Training Information

This training will prepare group leaders to lead three different basic parenting programs: (1) Toddler Parenting Program (ages 1-3 years) which is 13 weekly sessions; (2) Preschool Parenting Program (ages 3-6 years) which is 18-20 sessions; and (3) School-Age Parenting Program (ages 6-8 years) which is 16 sessions (four additional sessions for the Supporting your Child’s Education component).

The training teaches the following content: child-directed play, academic, persistence, social and emotional coaching, praise and encouragement, predictable routines, effective limit setting, nonphysical discipline alternatives, teaching children to problem solve, and supporting children’s education. The training will also teach how to use this program as a prevention program in elementary schools and preschools.

This program may be used by professionals (such as therapists and parent educators from psychology, social work, education, nursing, pediatrics, and psychiatry) who are working with families of young children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ADHD or aggressive behavior problems or anxiety and internalizing problems (ages 3-8 years), or with higher risk socioeconomically disadvantaged families, as well as court-ordered families, foster parents, and teenage parents.

For more information about training, click here.

Age 3-6 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($720) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 14 to 20

School Readiness Program

The School Readiness program is a parenting program designed to promote preschool children’s school readiness. The objectives are to improve children’s school readiness by enhancing their language, reading, and social skills.

Curriculum Materials Included
  • DVD Set (2-part set)
  • Comprehensive Leader’s Manual
Language Options
  • English
Age 3-12 years old
Price starting at $760
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 4

School Age Parenting Program (Basic)

The School Age Parenting Program (Basic) strengthens parent-child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic development.

Parents learn how to:

  • Monitor children after school
  • Set rules regarding TV, computer, and drug use
  • Support children’s homework
  • Partner with teachers so that they can promote children’s academic, social, and emotional skills
Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (USB, or 7-disc DVD, or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive leader manual (consisting of over 800 pages of “how to”, including leader questions for discussion, vignette scripts, parent home activities and weekly “refrigerator notes” for parents (reminders for the week)
  • Book: The Incredible Years: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8 Years (3rd Edition, by Carolyn Webster-Stratton)
  • Book: Collaborating with Parents to Reduce Children’s Behavior Problems: A Book for Therapists Using the Incredible Years Programs (by Carolyn Webster-Stratton)
  • Piggy Bank Refrigerator Magnet
  • Parenting Pyramid® Poster (illustrates how the series first builds a positive foundation of relationship skills before discipline strategies)
Language Options
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Finnish (manual is English)
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
Training Information

This training will prepare group leaders to lead three different basic parenting programs: (1) Toddler Parenting Program (ages 1-3 years) which is 13 weekly sessions; (2) Preschool Parenting Program (ages 3-6 years) which is 18-20 sessions; and (3) School-Age Parenting Program (ages 6-8 years) which is 16 sessions (four additional sessions for the Supporting your Child’s Education component).

The training teaches the following content: child-directed play, academic, persistence, social and emotional coaching, praise and encouragement, predictable routines, effective limit setting, nonphysical discipline alternatives, teaching children to problem solve, and supporting children’s education. The training will also teach how to use this program as a prevention program in elementary schools and preschools.

This program may be used by professionals (such as therapists and parent educators from psychology, social work, education, nursing, pediatrics, and psychiatry) who are working with families of young children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ADHD or aggressive behavior problems or anxiety and internalizing problems (ages 3-8 years), or with higher risk socioeconomically disadvantaged families, as well as court-ordered families, foster parents, and teenage parents.

For more information about training, click here.

Age 6-12 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($660) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 12 to 16

Advanced Parenting Program

*This program is for parents who have already completed one of our basic parenting programs

The Advanced Parenting Program builds on the Preschool and School Age Parenting Programs (Basic) by focusing on parents’ interpersonal issues such as:

  • Effective communication and problem solving skills
  • Anger and depression management
  • Ways to give and get support
  • Family meetings 
Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (7-disc DVD)
  • Comprehensive leader’s manual, including parent weekly “refrigerator notes” (reminders for the week) and parent take-home assignments for home activities
  • Book: The Incredible Years: A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3 – 8 Years (3rd Edition)
  • Piggy Bank magnet
  • Pyramid for Building Relationships poster
Language Options
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Russian
Training Information

This training is designed for experienced group leaders who have already received the Parenting Programs (Basic) training to offer this 8-12 week parenting course as an adjunct to the basic programs, have run at least one full series of the group sessions, and ideally are also certified group leaders. It covers topics such as effective communication skills, anger management, giving and getting support, problem-solving with adults and teachers, and family problem-solving meetings.

*This training is only available for participants who have previously attended a Basic Parent Group Leader Training

For more information about training, click here.

Age 4-12 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($1270) + initial training fees ($710)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 9 to 11

Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parenting Program

This program is offered to parents of young children on the Autism spectrum or with language delays to promote children’s emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others.

Because many group leaders delivering the Toddler or Preschool Basic programs often have several parents in their group with children on the spectrum or with language delays, some of these vignettes can be easily used to replace or supplement several of the Toddler or Preschool Basic program vignettes.

Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (8-disc DVD or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive Leader Manual, including parent weekly “Spotlight Parenting Tips” (brief points to remember from program) and home activities
  • Helping Preschool Children with Autism: Parents and Teachers as Partners book
  • Turtle Puppet
  • Attention Spotlight Magnet
  • Attention Spotlight Poster
  • Small Laminated Feeling Face cards on key ring
  • Autism Program Pyramid Poster
  • Toddler Brain Development Neuron Poster
Language Options
  • English
  • Norwegian (Manual in English)
Training Information

This training workshop covers in depth the Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Parenting Program for parents of children ages 2–5 years old. Group leaders attending this training should have prior experience working with children on the autism spectrum or their families. It is recommended that Group Leaders attending this training have previously attended the Basic Parent Group Leader Training and have experience running Incredible Years® groups. This workshop will train group leaders to deliver the Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Program in a parent-group setting. This program can be used as a stand-alone, following the 14-16 session protocol for a group of parents all of whom have children on the autism spectrum or with language delays. It can also be used by group leaders delivering the Toddler or Preschool Parenting Programs as a supplement if there are parents in the group with children on the autism spectrum or with language delays.

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Age 2-5 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($600) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 8 to 10
Average # of weekly sessions (2-3 hrs each) 14 to 16

Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program

This new 6 session program can be offered to both Teachers and Parents working with preschool children on the Autism Spectrum. This program can be used as a standalone, or it can be used as a supplement to either Teacher Classroom Management Program or the Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Parent Training Program.

Curriculum Materials Included
  • Video vignettes (3-disc DVD or Online Streaming Subscription)
  • Comprehensive Leader’s Manual, including weekly “Spotlighting Tips” (brief points to remember from program) and weekly practice activities for parents or teachers
  • Helping Preschool Children with Autism: Parents and Teachers as Partners book
  • Autism Parenting Pyramid Poster
  • Toddler Brain Development Neurons Poster
  • Turtle Puppet
  • Attention Spotlight Magnet
  • Attention Spotlight Poster
  • Calm Down Thermometer Poster
  • Small Laminated Self-Regulation cue cards on key ring
Language Options
  • English
Training Information

This training workshop will cover in depth the Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program for teachers and parents of children ages 2–5 years old. This workshop will train group leaders to deliver the 6-session Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program with both teachers and parents in a group setting. This program can be used as a stand-alone curriculum, or it can be used as a supplement to the Teacher Classroom Management Program OR the Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Parenting Program.

To attend this training, group leaders should have prior experience working with children with autism or their families. Prior experience with running Incredible Years groups is not required, although highly recommended, and experienced IY group leaders are welcome!

For more information about training, click here.

Age 2-5 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($430) + initial training fees ($890)
Average parent group size 12 to 14
Average # of weekly sessions (~3 hrs each) 6

Home Visiting Coach Model

The Incredible Years® offers a Home Visiting Coach protocol for Baby, Toddler, Preschool, and School Age Basic Parent Programs. The Home Visiting Coach model can be used in conjunction with the group-based model, or the entire curriculum can be delivered with individual families entirely in the homes. Our Home Coaching manuals help facilitators tailor the content of the programs for individual delivery in the homes. To implement in the home, facilitators need the full program curriculum kit, plus the supplemental manual for home coaching. 

How To Use With Group Programs
  • To begin a parent’s learning if there is an extended delay before the next scheduled IY parent group begins.
  • To give parents a taste of the program in order to recruit them into the IY parent group.
  • To provide make-up sessions for parents who have missed group sessions due to illness or work schedules.
  • To enhance the IY parent group learning for high-risk families and/or child welfare referred families, and to provide additional vignettes and practices at home.
  • To deliver the entire parenting curriculum in the home.
Language Options
  • English
  • Norwegian
Training Information

For the Baby, Toddler, Preschool, and School Age Basic Parenting Programs we have developed a home-visitor coaching model. This one-on-one parent-coach model can be used to deliver the entire basic parenting program or as a supplement for parents attending an Incredible Years® group. This home-visitor coaching model is a good option if parents cannot attend a parent group due to schedule conflicts, or if there is an extended delay before the next parent group will be offered. This model may also be used with parents who need some additional coaching at home with their children.

*This training is only available for participants who have previously attended Basic Parenting Program Group Leader Training.

For more information about training, click here.

Age 0-12 years old
Price starting at Program curriculum ($100) + initial training fees ($350)
Average parent group size Individual parents/
caregivers

Key Research Outcomes

Research on the Incredible Years early intervention programs for parents has indicated the following outcomes:
Reductions in parental depression and increases in parental self-confidence
Increases in positive family communication and problem-solving
Improved parent-child interactions
Reduced use of criticism and negative commands
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