In partnership with LearnVentures and Loyola University Chicago, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation has issued an RFP for the implementation of the Teacher-Child Interaction Training-Universal (TCIT-U) program in Illinois school districts.
TCIT-U is a professional development program that strengthens teachers’ positive relationship and classroom management skills through a sustainable Train-the-Trainer approach and is adapted from Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a widely used and extensively researched intervention for children two to seven years old with disruptive behavior problems. TCIT-U helps teachers promote children’s social-emotional development (e.g., sustained attention, task completion and self-regulation), address challenging behaviors, and prevent disruptive behaviors from emerging.
Through the RFP, one Illinois school district or two adjacent school districts will be selected to initiate the TCIT-U program. ILCHF will provide a stipend of $20,000 to a single district or $30,000 to be shared between two in support of equipment purchases, evaluation assessment material, and the cost of substitute teachers.
To be eligible, the school district(s) must be in the state of Illinois; if two districts want to submit a joint application, they must be in close physical proximity and have at least one elementary school(s) with a district-run pre-K program.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.