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, Boise State University), 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

(3/23/20) Idaho’s team is attending the National Training Institute on Effective Practices (NTI) 2020, which provides an in-depth intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children.


  • March 30, 2020 - The online application process opens for FY21. Selected pilot sites will receive guidance and on-site coaching to implement the Pyramid Model framework.
  • May 2020 - Project site selection
  • June 2020 - Teams meeting in Boise
  • August 2020 - Schedule site visits for pre-observations
  • September 2020 - Implementation starts
  • September 2020 to April 2021 - Coaching and Technical Assistance

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)