Pyramid Model Overview


The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children
(Pyramid Model)

What is the Pyramid Model?

The Pyramid Model is a framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development.

Is the Pyramid Model a curriculum?

The Pyramid Model works in conjunction with the program’s curriculum, but is not a curriculum itself.

Who uses the Pyramid Model?

The Pyramid Model provides guidance for:

  • early childhood special education personnel
  • early intervention personnel
  • early educators
  • families
Pyramid Model Overview Video: This video provides an overview of the structure and levels of support.

NCPMI’s role in the Pyramid Model

It is our goal to provide states with the technical assistance and training to establish the systems and policies needed to adopt and sustain the implementation of the Pyramid Model. NCPMI is focused on the implementation of the Pyramid Model to promote the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, address disparities in discipline practices, promote family engagement, use data for decision-making, and foster inclusion of children with, and at risk for, developmental delays and disabilities.

Tried and Tested Results

Based on over a decade of evaluation data, the Pyramid Model has shown to be a sound framework for early care and education systems.

Now let’s take a closer look at each level of the Pyramid Model.

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