Pyramid Model

Logo: Connecticut Pyramid Partnership

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a positive behavioral intervention and support framework. Early childhood practitioners, caregivers, and families can use the model to promote young children’s social and emotional development and prevent and address challenging behavior

The Pyramid Model uses evidence-based practices and a public health approach to:

  • Build positive relationships
  • Develop supportive and nurturing environments
  • Provide individualized supports to address persistent challenging behavior when needed

The Pyramid Model stresses the importance of sustainability, data-based decision making, and fidelity to practices. For more information, visit the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations.

How is Connecticut implementing the Pyramid Model?

In Connecticut, the Connecticut Pyramid Partnership (CPP) serves as the leadership team to promote implementation of the Pyramid Model. 

Vision: CT is a state that supports the social and emotional well-being of all young children and their families.

Mission: Building a statewide system for Pyramid Model implementation in order to enhance the competencies of those that care for, educate, and support young children and their families.  

For more about Connecticut’s implementation, see the Pyramid Partnership Annual Report for 2018-2019

Implementation sites 

These communities and programs are currently implementing the model:

KillinglyKillingly Board of Education at Goodyear Early Learning Center
New BritainHuman Resources Agency of New Britain Early Childcare Learning Academy
YWCA of New Britain Childcare Center
New HavenYale-New Haven Hospital Day Care Center
WaterburyThe Center for Early Childhood Education at NVCC
YMCA Child Development Center — Greater Waterbury

Engaging parents, families, and caregivers

Programs implementing the Pyramid Model engage families at every tier. Practitioners need to consider:

  • Strategies for welcoming and supporting diverse families
  • How to create opportunities to learn from families
  • Ways to partner with families to promote child outcomes
  • What supports and services families might need to promote their child’s social emotional skill development

For information about the importance of family engagement, read this policy statement on family engagement from the U.S. Department of Education

For more information on family engagement:

Would you like to help implement the Pyramid Model?

There are several ways to get involved. We’ll be looking for people to:

— Collaborate with other local professionals and apply to become a Pyramid Model implementation site
— Apply to become a Pyramid Model trainer
— Attend a training session

For more information, contact

Last updated March 10, 2021