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 professionals.

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. 

What's New

(4/21/20)  View the Idaho Pyramid Collaborative flyer.

(3/26/20) Idaho's team was scheduled to attend the 2020 National Training Institute on Effective Practices (NTI), which provides an in-depth intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children. The training was cancelled due to the COVID 19 concerns. NTI and Idaho's state team continue to explore options and will keep you posted. For additional early childhood resources during the COVID-19, visit the following link:


  • April 15, 2020 - The online application process opened for FY21. Selected pilot sites will receive guidance and on-site coaching to implement the Pyramid Model framework.
  • May 2020 - Project site were selected and notified.
  • June 3-5, 2020 - Selected teams will receive online TPOT training.
  • August 2020 - Schedule site visits for pre-observations and identify program baseline data.
  • September 2020 - Implementation starts.
  • September 2020 to April 2021 - Coaching and technical assistance provided.

Pyramid Model Collaborative Resources

Contact Us

  shannon dunstan

Results Driven Accountability and Early Childhood Coordinator
Idaho State Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720 Boise, Idaho 83720
208-332-6908 (Office)
208-703-1660 (Cell)

  Omair Shamim, M.D. MHS. MK.

Head Start Collaboration Director
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Division of Family & Community Services
208-334-2410 (Desk)
208-995-4915 (Cell)

  Melissa Crist, M.S.

IdahoSTARS Director of Programs
Center on Disabilities and Human Development
1187 Alturas Drive Moscow, ID 83843
208-885-6169 (Desk)