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Innovation Cohort on Integrating Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) and the Pyramid Model

Application for Technical Assistance
(February 2024 – May 2024)


Important Dates

Application Deadline: January 9, 2024
Acceptance notices sent out: February 1, 2024
TA Begins: February 8, 2024

Questions?

Email Amy Hunter ah1122@georgetown.edu

Who should apply?

States, territories, or tribes that wish to enhance their understanding of the intersection of IECMHC and the Pyramid Model

Entities will identify two members of their leadership team/workgroup to participate on all calls and work with their larger team on efforts to integrate IECMHC and the Pyramid Model at the state and program levels.

Meeting Dates

Thursdays from 2-3:30 EST on:

  • Session 1: Feb 8
  • Session 2: Individual consultation on strategic priorities scheduled for each participant (Feb 8-March 14)
  • Session 3: March 14
  • Session 4: March 28
  • Session 5: April 11
  • Session 6: May 2

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is offering a technical assistance opportunity to states, territories, or tribes that wish to enhance their understanding of the intersection of infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) and the Pyramid Model. Participants will develop strategies to integrate IECMHC and the Pyramid Model to share with their leadership team. NCPMI is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide training and technical assistance to state (territory or tribal) systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social and Emotional Competence of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children (Pyramid Model) and address factors that influence disparities in early childhood social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.

Young children’s social-emotional development sets the foundation for other cognitive and academic skills and their future relationships. IECMHC is an evidence-informed, multilevel mental health service that pairs a mental health professional with other providers offering services to infants, young children, and their families. IECMH consultants partner with providers to promote and enhance the social-emotional well-being of all involved participants. This capacity-building endeavor aims to increase social-emotional awareness and knowledge, enhance reflective functioning, build confidence and competence, and promote culturally responsive and equity-informed practice in the adults that support young children. The Pyramid Model is an evidenced-based practice that promotes  young children’s social-emotional development. State teams that are implementing the Pyramid Model are supporting young children’s mental health. Integrating Pyramid Model and IECMHC efforts maximizes support to early childhood providers, families, and young children. This TA opportunity will highlight and explore the unique and complementary aspects of these two successful approaches for promoting young children’s social and emotional skills.

This intensive technical assistance opportunity will provide a cohort of 6-8 states, territories, or tribes with resources, information, systems implementation strategies, and support to develop and initiate a strategic plan for integrating the Pyramid Model and IECMH. Participants will identify considerations and strategies for the work of the leadership team, the professional development network of program implementation coaches, implementation sites, and engaging possible new partners.

Entities applying for participation in the cohort TA should identify two members of their Pyramid Model leadership team or workgroup to participate in all calls and to work with their larger team on efforts to integrate IECMHC and the Pyramid Model at the state level and at the program level.


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