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3710014094?profile=RESIZE_710xThe National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations describes the Pyramid Model as “a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development.” It’s used by both families and professionals and is “based on over a decade of evaluation data.” Modeled after a “tiered public health approach” to providing supports to children and families, the Pyramid Model is built on a foundation of an effective workforce, meaning professionals who are able to “adopt and sustain these evidence-based practices.”

This Pyramid Model poster we’ve provided here describes three tiers of intervention, looking first at the base of the pyramid, then moving upward:

  • Universal Promotion: “Universal supports for all children through nurturing and responsive relationships and high-quality environments.” This includes practices that support the social and emotional development of all children.
  • Secondary Prevention: “Prevention . . . represents practices that
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Supporting Social and Emotional Development

Interaction Practice 3: Practitioners promote the child’s communication development by observing, interpreting, responding contingently, and providing natural consequences for the child's verbal and non-verbal communication and by using language to label and expand on the child’s requests, needs, preferences, or interests (DEC Recommended Practices, 2014).

The intent of California's SSIP (State Systemic Improvement Plan) is to build capacity of professionals and parents in the Early Start community to support the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental disabilities and delays. One idea for taking on this challenge was outlined by the Division for Early Childhood in a draft document, "Child Social-Emotional Competence Checklist," released for field review in July 2015.

The checklist offers a four-point scale (e.g., "seldom," "sometimes," "often," or "most of the time"), which adults—professionals and parents alike—can use to assess thei

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