Idaho has joined a national initiative to address inclusive
policies and practices at the state, local program leadership, and early care
and education environments level. The State Department of Education, Idaho
State Department of Education, Idaho SESTA (Special Education Support &
Technical Assistance), Head Start Collaboration Office,
Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD/University of Idaho), IdahoSTARS,
and Boise State University are working together to improve early childhood
outcomes and increase positive social-emotional competencies for all children.
What is the Pyramid Model? The Pyramid Model is a conceptual
framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy
social and emotional development and decrease child challenging behavior. Through
coaching and technical assistance, Idaho early care and education environments
will 1) address disparities in discipline practices, 2) use data for decision
making, 3) promote family engagement, and 4) foster inclusion for children
with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities.
Who uses the Pyramid Model? The Pyramid Model provides guidance for early childhood special education personnel,
early intervention personnel, childcare educators, families, and other
Who created the Pyramid Model? The Pyramid Model was developed by two national, federally-funded
research and training centers: The Center for the Social and Emotional
Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and Technical Assistance Center on
Social Emotional Intervention for Youth Children (TACSEI). The faculty at these
centers represent nationally recognized researchers and program developers in
the areas of social skills and challenging behavior.
What is the Idaho vision of the Pyramid Model? All early
childhood settings support the social and emotional development and inclusion
of every child birth through five years old.