Teaching Pyramid Family Materials

  • The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. The Center has developed and disseminated evidence-based, user-friendly information to help early childhood educators meet the needs of the growing number of children with challenging behaviors and mental health challenges in child care and Head Start programs. The Teaching Pyramid is a systematic framework developed by CSEFEL that incorporates Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support (EC-PBS) through promoting social-emotional development, providing support for children’s appropriate behavior, preventing challenging behavior, and addressing problematic behavior. For a more extensive description of the Teaching Pyramid framework as adapted for California, see WestEd’s Case Study Final Report (PDF) conducted after implementation of the Teaching Pyramid framework in the First 5 LA School Readiness programs.


    Click here to find resources to support young children in all aspects of their development from CSEFEL.



The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

  • The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) improves and supports the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model), an early childhood multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), with the goal of to improving the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. Implementing the Pyramid Model within early intervention and early education programs supports: 1) the reduction in the use of inappropriate discipline practices; 2) family engagement; 3) using data for decision-making; 4) integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation; and 5) fostering inclusion. NCPMI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.


    Click here for resources like Making Life Easier, Backpack Connections, Family Articles, Scripted Stories for social situations, and more!