Changing the Way Children Connect

When you invest in a new system of support for early childhood programs, you enhance development in our future leaders.


Our History

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) was funded between 2001- 2012 with the focus of promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL was a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care with the purpose of disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. CSEFEL developed the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social and Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs funded the Technical Assistance Center on Social and Emotional Interventions (TACSEI) to support the inclusion of children with disabilities through the Pyramid Model. The result is that decision makers, caregivers and service providers developed an enhanced awareness of, understanding of, and ability to use evidence-based practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities.

While CSEFEL and TACSEI have ended, the demand for support for Pyramid Model training and technical assistance continues to increase. In an effort to meet this continued need, a new non-profit was created in January 2014 called the Pyramid Model Consortium as a way to continue the Pyramid Model work. The Pyramid Model Consortium consists of the founding members of the CSEFEL, TACSEI and the Pyramid Model. 

Vision Statement

We envision environments that nurture and support all infants and young children’s social emotional development through the sustained high-fidelity implementation of the Pyramid Model.

Mission Statement

The Pyramid Model Consortium exists to promote the dissemination, sustainability, scale-up and high fidelity use of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

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To establish a sustainable system of social-emotional support, we provide training and technical assistance to states, communities, and programs. We combine our expertise and a process that is rooted in implementation science and evidence-based practices to help infants and young children develop.


Systems Thinking

Relationships begin in the home and classroom, but progress often happens in the system. That’s why the Pyramid Model helps states, communities, and programs build a system based on evidence-based practice and implementation science.


Positive Relationships

When adults model healthy behavior between peers, children can learn to express their emotions, use self-control, and make friends. But, we believe this learning is best supported when there is nurturing and responsive caregiving.


Supportive Environments

Creating environments that support social-emotional development and school readiness is critical for all children. Your staff can use easy-to-implement strategies to improve learning, while also preventing challenging behaviors.


Individualized Intervention

We offer strategies that help providers identify and support infants and young children when persistent, challenging behavior occurs. Because of this, children can experience supportive learning environments that promote positive growth and development.

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