Celebrations were in full swing at the annual Dundalk Incredible Years Parent Programme Graduation which took place in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk on Friday last.
The event saw 39 parents graduate from four different programmes attached to the eight participating primary schools in Dundalk.
They are St Joseph’s NS, Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, Scoil Eoin Baiste, St Nicholas Monastery NS, Redeemer BNS, Redeemer GNS, Castletown GNS and St Nicholas NS
The schools are very much supported in the rollout of these programmes by the School Completion Programmes (SCP) that work with them, namely Oriel SCP and SCP Dhún Dealgan.
The programmes are part of a wide range of interventions supported by The Genesis Programme, a consortium of almost fifty Partner Organisations that is delivering the Incredible Years suite of programmes and other evidence-informed interventions to children, families and communities in Dundalk as part of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme.
The Incredible Years is a set of three interlocking, comprehensive, and developmentally based programmes targeting parents, teachers and children.
The programmes are designed to work jointly to promote emotional, social, and academic competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioural and emotional problems in young children
Yvonne Forde, Development Officer (Schools) with The Genesis Programme said:
‘The Incredible Years Parent Programme is a prime example of early intervention at its best.
The Incredible Years Parent Programme is focused on providing parents with positive proactive parenting strategies that aim to improve and strengthen the child parent relationship’.
Sinead Shields, HSCL (Home School Community Liaison) with the Redeemer Schools Dundalk and Incredible Years Parent Programme Group Leader said: ‘The parenting strand of the Incredible Years suite of programmes is fundamental to the overall success of the Incredible Years.
The Incredible Years Parenting Programme focuses on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parental involvement in childrens school experiences.
The programme has had a significant positive impact on the lives of children and their families since its introduction to Dundalk in 2010. Since then over 200 parents have graduated from the Parent Programme.
This number is indicative of the sheer dedication and commitment that parents have shown to both the programme and indeed to their children’s well being and future development’.