• Are you in search of ways to better prepare at-risk learners for kindergarten and first grade?
  • Are you concerned that some young children in your setting lack the sustained attention and self-regulation skills to succeed in school?
  • Do you find that the rising demands for academic rigor are associated with an increase in disruptive behavior in the classroom?
  • Have you found that a student’s ability to transition, sustain attention, and follow directions often determines whether the student is on the trajectory for success or failure in school?
  • Do you find that time spent on managing disruptive behavior is impacting the quality of your academic instruction?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, consider TCIT-U, a professional development program that strengthens teachers’ positive relationship and classroom management skills in order to support young children’s school success.

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Why are Teachers so important?

Young children rely on external regulatory support from adults.

Teachers provide instruction, modeling, and emotional support.

Teacher-child relationships can decrease behavior problems AND buffer negative early caregiving experiences.


What are TCIT- U goals for teachers?

Increase positive and purposeful teacher-child Interactions.

Enhance relationship and classroom management skills.

Increase teacher confidence and decrease stress and burnout.


What are TCIT-U’s Goals for Students?


Increase children’s sense of control over their behavior.

Help children learn to make smooth transitions from one activity to another.

Develop predictable patterns of student compliance to directions.

Strengthen children’s sense of trust and connect with teachers.

Enable children to benefit more fully from academic instruction


“TCIT-U has made our school a place where we are focused on building relationships with our students and reinforcing positive student behavior”


“It is clear that Dave and Karen truly believe in TCIT.”

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LearnVentures LLC

David Stern, LICSW

Karen S. Budd, Ph.D.