Teaching Interventions to Empower and Strengthen Families (TIES)

TIES is a FREE early intervention program targeting children six years and under. During program sessions, parent are trained to work in a classroom as a way to actively practice their skills they are learning.  It is staffed by both professionals and parents who have completed the program with their own children.

Learn more about the TIES program via the video below.


TIES is based on Tennessee's Regional Intervention Program (RIP), which began in 1969. In 2010, the RIP Expansion Program voted unanimously to grant the Cedar Rapids' TIES program full accreditation.

There is no cost to families to participate in the TIES program. Adult family members pay with their time. After completing the program they are asked to return and help train new families.

Read  a parent's testimonial regarding the TIES program. Here are a few of the many reasons parents come to TIES:

  • Aggression
  • Mealtime problems
  • Bedtime and sleeping issues
  • Running from adults
  • Destruction of property
  • Tantrums
  • Separation anxiety
  • High activity level
  • Non-compliance
  • Trouble at school

To learn more about our program, listen to a KHAK 98.1 radio interview with Program Coordinator Craig Meskimen, read a mom's blog regarding her TIES experience.
For more information email us or call (319) 558-4861.

Additional resources:


Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

ricklavoie.com - information for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities


TIES is a partnership of the ABBE Center for Community Health, Grant Wood AEA, Healthy Linn Care Network, Mercy Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital and is funded by the Linn County Early Childhood Iowa.