The Pyramid Plus Approach to Positive Behavior Development

Pyramid Plus is a positive behavior development model that uses evidence-based, early childhood social emotional and inclusive practices to improve the quality of childcare and early childhood education enviornments. All TLC staff are trained in Pyramid Plus to best address the socio-emotional development and needs of children. Pyramid Plus emphasizes the promotion and integration of:

• The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children- a tiered promotion and prevention model developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI);

• The SpecialQuest Birth-Five Approach to Early Childhood Inclusion of children with or at risk for disabilities;

• As well as other related evidence based inclusion practices – LEAP and Building Blocks.

National studies indicate that both social emotional competence and inclusion are foundational for school readiness. The vision of Pyramid Plus is to build the capacity of communities, families, and early care and education programs state-wide to use evidence-based approaches with fidelity, thereby improving all of Colorado’s young children’s social emotional competence and opportunities for inclusion. In addition to providing trainings state-wide, Pyramid Plus is building the competence of Colorado’s early childhood personnel through a network of certified trainers, coaches and sites to broaden the reach of the approach. TLC is working on training all staff  in Pyramid Plus to further enhance our ability to provide the highest quality early childhood education available.