Pyramid Model


The Pyramid Model strategies are based on evidence-based best practices in early childhood. But the Pyramid Model is based on more than just strong teaching and learning practices, it is also focused on building positive relationships, developing supportive and nurturing environments, teaching social skills, empathy and emotional vocabulary and providing individualized supports when needed. When Pyramid Model strategies and program practices are fully implemented, the early care and education program looks very different as parents, teachers, and administrators are supporting the social and emotional development of the children. For example, you won’t see punitive punishments, you will see kind guidance with picture cues and logical consequences. To learn more about the New York State Pyramid Model Partnership click here.


Pyramid Model serves as a critical step in eliminating suspensions and expulsions in New York’s early childhood care and education settings. A Suspension and Expulsion Brief has been develeoped to help early childhood field as they work with families and children to prevent and address challenging behaviors.



 Important Pyramid Model Training Information


Click here to find a local Pyramid Model Trainer or Coach


Click here for Pyramid Model Training Schedule (Rev. 6/10/19)


Click here Pyramid Model Implementation Guide (Rev. 11/13/18)


Click here for Aspire look up - use key word "Pyramid" 


Click here for more info about the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) 


Program-Wide Implementation

Early Childhood Program-Wide PBS Benchmarks of Quality 

 Program-Wide Pyramid Model Implementation Overview 

June 2016 Pyramid Model Video Conference:  Overview of the Pyramid Model and some practical strategies for helping to reduce challenging behaviors in ASQ Webinar Series: 

ASQ Webinar Series:  Welcome to the ASQ webinar series! In these 30-minute webinars, members of the ASQ development team share information about ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2, in addition to implementation tips for both screening tools. Live Q&As followed each webinar during the original broadcast (


Mary Louise Hemmeter

Keynote at the Long Island, New York Pyramid Model Summit

Mary Louise Hemmeter, professor of special education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator provided the keynote address at the Long Island, New York Pyramid Model Summit held June 9, 2017 click here for her keynote slides.  Also, for an overview of the Pyramid Implementation in New York click here.

Building System Capacity in New York to Support Children's Social and Emotional Development: Early Care and Learning Survey Results

During the winter of 2015, the Pyramid Model Partnership distributed an online survey to administrators of early care and learning programs licensed or overseen by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department about challenges faced by providers in supporting young children who exhibit challenging behaviors. About 1,200 respondents completed the survey. Overall, respondents acknowledged that they are challenged by children’s behaviors and would enthusiastically welcome additional training on social and emotional teaching strategies. Further, survey results indicated that while the majority of programs did not ask children to leave or take a break from their programs, about one in six respondents used suspensions, expulsions or both. To read the survey summary, click here. At the end of the survey summary, there’s a link to resources on social and emotional learning


 New York State Pyramid Model Partnership

Vision:  All New York State infants, toddlers, young children and their families will be supported in their social-emotional development to promote their success in school and life.

Overview: Social and emotional well-being sets the foundation for the development and learning of infants, toddlers and young children. The Early Childhood Advisory Council - comprised of experts in child care, education, health care, family support and mental health - has identified the critical need to better support and teach young children and families social and emotional skills.  In response, the New York State Council on Children and Families took the lead in bringing together a team of public and private agencies to form a new partnership to provide more early childhood professional development opportunities. This new partnership, the New York State Pyramid Model Partnership, will promote the statewide use of the Pyramid Model, an evidence-based framework proven to be an effective approach to building social and emotional competence in early care and education programs.

Initial funding for the implementation of the Pyramid Model is being provided by the New York State Council on Children and Families, the Head Start Collaboration Project and New York State Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health).  Over the past three years, $1.7 million has been dedicated towards implementing the Pyramid Model. 

Goals: The New York State Pyramid Model Partnership will work collaboratively to:

  • Increase the number of early childhood trainers and coaches providing professional development to the early childhood workforce to meet the social and emotional development needs of young children;  
  • Support partnerships between practitioners and parents;
  • Support the implementation and sustainability of the Pyramid Model in early childhood settings; and
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of implementing the Pyramid Model in New York State.


To know more about the New York’s efforts to implement the Pyramid mode click here for the 2019 Pyramid Model Progress Report

With its emphasis on strong relationships, support for social competence and preventing and addressing challenging behaviors in infants, toddlers and young children, the Pyramid Model is congruent with other New York State early childhood efforts to set the foundation for development and lifelong learning. These existing efforts include:

  • The strategic plan of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council.
  • Promoting positive school climates through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). New York State Education Department.
  • Establishing guidance on evidence-based practices for addressing the social-emotional development of very young children (Early Childhood Advisory Council/Early Intervention Coordinating Council Joint Task Force on Social-Emotional Development). COMING SOON!
  • Creating a formal mental health endorsement/credential for professionals working with infants.
  • Supporting the provision of evidence-based services for children experiencing social-emotional development and mental health issues through the redesign of New York’s Medicaid Program.

   New York State Pyramid Model Partnership:  

Leadership Team Agencies 

  • Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council (CD-CCCC)
  • Community Technical Assistance Center of NYS (CTAC)
  • Docs for Tots
  • Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC)
  • Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)
  • Head Start Region II Technical Assistance Center
  • NY Center for Child Development
  • NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS):  Division of Early Care and Education
  • NYC Department of Education (DOE):  Division of Early Childhood Education
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
  • New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC)
  • NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF)
  • NYS Education Department (SED):  Office of Early Learning
  • NYS Education Department (SED):  Office of Special Education - Positive Behavioral Interventions  and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center, Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support  Centers (RSE-TASC), Special Education Parent Centers, Early Childhood Direction Centers
  • NYS Head Start Collaboration Project
  • NYS Department of Health (DOH):  Division of Family Health
  • NYS Association for Infant Mental Health
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS):  Divisions of Child Care and Child Welfare
  • NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH)
  • NYS Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP)
  • NYS United Teachers (NYSUT)
  • Prevent Child Abuse – NY (PCANY)
  • Professional Development Institute, City University of New York (PDI CUNY)
  • Professional Development Program, University at Albany (PDP)


Pyramid Model: Overview and Materials

General Information 

Preschool Modules 

Implementation Information 

Pyramid Model Resources in SPANISH 

Important Information for Master Cadre Trainers 


Master Cadre Evaluation Information  

The New York State Pyramid Model Leadership Team is focused on showing the impact of Pyramid Model implementation in New York State. A group of dedicated evaluation professionals on the Leadership Team have reviewed the work of other states and have developed an evaluation plan for the goals identified.

At this time, there is a focus on Increasing the number of early childhood trainers and coaches providing professional development to the early childhood workforce to meet the social and emotional development needs of young children. In response, the Leadership Team has created 11 evaluation forms, one associated with each Module. Trainers are expected to evaluate their trainings and use the online forms provided. Forms have been strategically developed to accommodate New York State, and meet the content needs of The Pyramid Model. The Leadership Team has also developed a Master Cadre Training Session Debrief. This document will allow trainers to summarize each training session that they conduct.    

The evaluation strategies identified will help the Pyramid Model Leadership Team to better adapt the Pyramid Model to New York State, and to monitor expansion and address need as well as demonstrate impact to funders and policy makers. Most importantly, this process will help New York State to foster and support a strong group of trainers in the Pyramid Model.  

Pyramid Model Master Cadre Evaluation Forms:


In the event you are not using the on-line forms you can use the Template for Pyramid Model Evaluation chart to record the evaluation results.  

For additional information on the New York State Pyramid Model Partnership:

- Patty Persell, NYS Head Start Collaboration Director:  518-474-9352

- Stephanie Woodard, NYS Council on Children and Families: 518-486-4690

- The Pyramid Model Consortium: