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All Technical Assistance (TA) is focused on increasing the knowledge and confidence of the provider to  promote and support optimal development for every child. Social Emotional development is critical for optimal development and is a major component of all Technical Assistance programs.

TA is offered through consultation and coaching, which provides support, education and resources. Our educators assist providers in understanding and developing the capacity of each child to form close and secure adult and peer relationships; experience, regulate and express emotions in socially and culturally appropriate ways; and, explore the environment and learn.

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The Pyramid Model is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) framework that uses systems thinking and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children was developed to help early educators build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive caregiving, create learning environments, provide targeted social- emotional skills and support children with challenging behavior.

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The Pyramid Model is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) framework that uses systems thinking and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices.

When children are given the opportunities and support to develop (learn, practice, discuss, etc.) self-control and other social emotional skills, it gives them the foundation needed for academic and life success.

The General Technical Assistance Program is a collaborative, problem-solving process between the Director, Child Care Provider and your regional educator. Below you will find a general overview of topics our educators are trained in to provide support.

Business Practices
☐ Fiscal
☐ Marketing/Promotion
☐ Personnel
☐ Policy

Child Development
☐ Infant
☐ Toddler
☐ Preschool
☐ School Age


☐ Activities
☐ Learning through Play
☐ Observation
☐ Planning

☐ Outdoor
☐ Room Arrangement
☐ Toys/ Materials

Guidance & Discipline
☐ Challenging Behaviors
☐ Communication
☐ Routines & Schedules


☐ Nutrition
☐ Physical Movement
☐ Sanitation & Handwashing

Parent Relationships
☐ Communication
☐ Conflict Resolution


Responsive Caregiving
☐ Communication
☐ Cultural Awareness
☐ Inclusion
☐ Interactions

☐ Emergency Preparedness
☐ Indoor Safety
☐ Outdoor Safety

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