Parent and Teacher Training



The Incredible Years:

Fostering Positive Parent-Child Relationships


Parenting is hard, even in the best of circumstances. Parents want the best for their children, but sometimes they need a little help or coaching. CIS of Durham offers the Incredible Years Parent Training Series (IY), which provides much needed assistance for Durham’s parents.


The program's goal is to help build a foundation of support at home that provides structure, consistency and positive discipline practices, which in turn will lead to increased positive behavior. 


Communities In Schools of Durham is one of a handful of organizations in North Carolina implementing IY, which is identified by The Alliance for Evidence-Based Programs as having quantifiable, positive outcomes in family strengthening intervention and child abuse prevention.


The Incredible Years courses are designed for parents and caregivers with elementary-school aged children and are each a minimum of 14-weeks long. 


Weekly classes, led by trained facilitators, stress parenting competencies such as monitoring, positive discipline, and confidence. CIS of Durham provides childcare and meals for families participating in the program.


This initiative has won numerous awards as one of the most effective models of reducing juvenile delinquency and child abuse according to research. 

This program is made possible by grant funding from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


"This class was great! We learned together, cried together, and we helped each other" - IY Parent Graduate, Eno Valley Elementary School 

"Taking this class has been one of the best decisions I've made. I enjoy coming in and talking with other parents. It feels like a family." - Shavon Grimes, IY Parent Graduate, Eno Valley Elementary 

Contact Susan Schmidt for more information. 
919-403-1936 ext. 21 or

The Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management program (IY-TCM) is an elementary-school support program offered by

Communities In Schools of Durham. This evidence-based teacher training program focuses on strengthening teacher classroom management strategies, promoting children's pro-social behavior and school readiness, and increasing teacher-parent collaboration.


Since 2013-14 school year, CIS of Durham partnered with Durham Public Schools to provide the IY-TCM program to over 120 Pre-K teachers and instructional assistants. In the 2018-19 school year, this partnership will continue with an estimated 24 participants in the program.

2017- 2018 Findings*:

  • 92% of teachers attending the IY Teacher program were highly satisfied

  • 100% of teachers reported that the targeted students' behavior was at least slightly improved

    • 58% reported that ​the targeted students' behavior was greatly improved

  • 89% of teachers reported that they would recommend the IY Teacher program to other teachers

Other Significant Improvements

  • There were significant teacher self-reported improvements in confidence and teacher practices
    related to Planning and Supporting.

  • There were significant improvements in observed teacher behaviors related to:

    • Classroom Structure and Management

    • Discipline 

    • Emotional Communication and Support

    • Social Awareness and Problem Solving 

    • Promoting Self-Regulation

    • Preventing Misbehavior.

  • Statistically significant changes were seen in students' school readiness

*Evaluation provided by Compass Evaluation and Research 


Teacher Reviews

"IY helped me think about discipline differently and strengthened my [own] problem-solving skills. It's so much easier to work with students and spend more time doing what I'm here to do."

-IY -TCM Graduate, JaMecia Miller


"TI've learned how to better build relationships with children....building those relationships helped

the children learn to trust me and has made us closer so that they are learning."

-IY-TCM Graduate, Ms. A


CIS of Durham's Incredible Years Teacher Training program is funded by Durham's Partnership for Children, a Smart
Start Initiative. 

Fostering Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

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