Unpacking the Pyramid Model: Frequently Asked Questions
Research has consistently shown that young children who develop a solid base of social-emotional skills are more likely to achieve positive outcomes inside and outside of school. Because children are not born knowing how to manage their own emotions, empathize with others, or form and sustain healthy peer relationships, early learning environments are essential venues for social-emotional development.
The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children was created to give programs like yours an evidence-based framework for nurturing the social-emotional development of all children, with more intensive, tiered supports for children at risk for social-emotional delays and children who engage in persistent challenging behaviors.
Adapted from the new book Unpacking the Pyramid Model by Mary Louise Hemmeter, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, and Lise Fox, this brief Q&A answers a few commonly asked questions about the Pyramid Model. Read on for more information on the three tiers of Pyramid Model interventions, the important role that families play in stimulating social-emotional growth, and more.