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Incredible Years - Teacher Classroom Management

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A teacher classroom management program that provides teachers of children ages 3-8 years with classroom management strategies (positive and proactive teaching techniques, positive teacher-student relationships, and supportive teacher-parent relationships) to manage difficult and inappropriate child behavior problems, while promoting social, emotional, and academic competence.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Initial Training and T.A. costs typically include a three-day training for group leaders, delivered either in Seattle for approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per leader (including travel) or delivered at the program implementation site (which can be cost effective for groups of more than 10-15 leaders). On-site training costs $1,500 - $2,000 per day plus travel costs for trainers.

Curriculum and Materials

A set of program DVDs costs $1,250 plus shipping. Additional leader manuals cost $80 each.



Other Start-Up Costs

Equipment to play DVDs, toys for role plays, and video equipment to film sessions (if not already part of staff equipment).

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

Teacher books cost $27.95 each, plus shipping. Program leaders should budget for handouts for the Teacher Group at approximately $10/teacher. Other materials such as puppets, feeling cards, and extra stickers may be needed if classrooms don't have them. Classroom sets may be purchased at $120/set.


Qualifications: Group leaders may come from a variety of helping professions such as social work, psychology, and education. It is required that they have taken a course in child development and it is recommended that they have had training on social learning. The purveyor recommends that at least one of the two leaders running a group has a master's degree or higher if working with teachers in a high-risk environment. It is also recommended that one of the leaders be a teacher or former teacher and/or experienced teaching children.

Ratios: 2 group leaders lead a group with 14-16 participants.

Time to Deliver Intervention: Teacher workshops are held monthly for 6 months, for 7 or 8 hours per workshop. Program developers recommend budgeting 10 hours per workshop per group leader to account for preparation time, peer review of videos and weekly calls or classroom visits. This time will need to be expanded for teachers in high risk classrooms who may need additional classroom visits and/or make up appointments for missed workshops and for networking with other agencies.

Other Implementation Costs

Other implementation costs include snacks/meals provided at each workshop, estimated to cost $60/session; small rewards for teachers; and any space rental fees.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

Ongoing consultation by accredited IY program coaches, mentors and trainers is recommended for an hourly rate ($150), with a suggested two hours per month, as well as a daily rate of $1,500 - $2,000 plus travel for a 1-day on-site consultation with program leaders, with one on-site consultation per year suggested by the purveyor.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

The purveyor suggests video review and certification at a cost of $450 per program leader (video review, submission of lesson or session protocols, and additional paperwork are required for group leaders to become certified/accredited). Other video reviews can be arranged for $75/hour. The purveyor suggests that programs budget $500-$700 per leader for the first year or first 2-3 groups for video reviews and consultation. Once group leaders receive certification they are eligible to receive training to become mentors, which permits them to provide authorized training workshops and coaching support to others.

Ongoing License Fees



Year One Cost Example

This example assumes that a community-based organization would offer the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program to two groups of 16 teachers, each with 2 program leaders, for 6 workshops for two cohorts per year (4 total leaders for 24 total workshop sessions, for 64 total teachers). Teacher substitutes and space costs not included.

Group leader initial training costs including travel @ $1,500 x 4
Set of program DVDs x 2
Group leader training manuals @ $80 x 2
Ongoing consultation: 2 hours/month @ $150/hour x 6 months
Annual on-site consultation with program leaders plus travel (approx.)
Video review/certification @ $450/program leader x 4
Food (lunch, snacks) for teacher sessions @ $60/session x 24 sessions
Handouts for parent sessions @ $10/teacher x 32 teachers x 2
Teacher books @ $27.95/teacher x 64 total parents/year (shipping cost varies)
Group leaders' time @ $25/hour x 4 leaders x 10 hours/month x 6 sessions x 2

Total Year One Cost

With 64 teachers participating, the initial cost of the program is approximately $486.37/teacher in the first year, and $247.95 per teacher thereafter, assuming there is no need to train more group leaders.