Effective Workforce

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.

Universal Promotion

Universal supports for all children through nurturing and responsive relationships and high quality environments. At the universal level we include the practices needed to ensure the promotion of the social development of all children.

  • High Quality Environments
    • Inclusive early care and education environments
    • Supportive home environments
  • Nurturing and Responsive Relationships
    • Essential to healthy social development
    • Includes relationships with children, families and team members

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

Secondary Prevention 

Prevention which represents practices that are targeted social emotional strategies to prevent problems. The prevention level includes the provision of targeted supports to children at risk of challenging behavior.

  • Targeted Social Emotional Supports
    •  Explicit instruction and support
    • Self-regulation, expressing and understanding emotions, developing social relationships and problem-solving
Tertiary Intervention

Intervention which is comprised of practices related to individualised intensive interventions. The tertiary level of the Pyramid Model describes the need to provide individualised and intensive interventions to the very small number of children with persistent challenges.

  • Individualised Intensive Interventions
    • Family-centered, comprehensive interventions
    • Assessment-based
    • Skill-building

The Pyramid Model offers strategies that help providers identify and support infants and young children when persistent, challenging behaviour occurs. Because of this, children can experience supportive learning environments that promote positive growth and development.



The above information has been sourced from The Pyramid Model Consortium and The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI).