AWARE used their Go Grant award to purchas supplies for Parent-Child Interactive Therapy.


  • AWARE Early Head Start provides services to low income children, ages birth to three, and their families in Yellowstone County.
  • Services
    • Traditional center-based classroom
      • 6.5 hours per day, for 32 children
    • full day childcare classroom
      • 10 hours per day serving 24 children.  
    • Early Head Start (EHS) therapist provides services to non-EHS children 0-5 residing in Yellowstone County, as referrals necessitate.
      • Teacher Child Interactive Therapy (TCIT)
      • Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
        • The length of PCIT therapy averages 12-15 weeks with parent coaching services provided for approximately one hour per week. 
        • An estimated 30-35 parents and children are served over the course of the EHS program year.
        • Approximately ten non-EHS children participate in PCIT services over the course of a program year.

School Readiness

  • Social and emotional literacy is the foundation of infant and toddler school readiness.
  • Strong social and emotional skills develop with the presence of a close, nurturing relationship or bond with a parent or primary caregiver.
  • Within these relationships, young children develop trust, empathy and curiosity, qualities that allow children to grow school readiness skills.
  • The ability of young children to be receptive to school readiness relies on having an adequate home and family environment as well as quality child care environments.

Enhancing Relationships

  • PCIT improves parenting skills to enhance the parent-child relationship
    • Positively impact on the child’s social and emotional development  
  • TCIT focuses on positive teacher classroom management strategies
    • Supports the development and improvement of social and emotional skills.  
  • Outcomes of PCIT and TCIT participation:
    • Strengthening of parent-child interactions
    • Strengthening of positive caregiver-child relationships
    • Reduction of ineffective interaction patterns by parents and caregivers
    • Reduction of disruptive behaviors
  • These strategies reduce the risk of future behavioral challenges and increase school success rates.

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