The Pyramid Model

Pyramid Model: Promoting Social-Emotional Competence to Support All Children

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices that promote social emotional competence, prevent social emotional delays, and address challenging behaviors of young children.

The Pyramid Model helps ensure that all children experience supportive learning environments that promote positive social emotional growth and development. The approach offers tools to help educators identify and support infants and young children if persistent, challenging behaviors occur.

Who can use the Pyramid Model?

  • Early childhood professionals (including community child care providers)

  • Early intervention professionals

  • Educators and teachers

  • Mental health professionals

  • Families and caregivers

  • Other professionals

Where can the Pyramid Model be used?

  • School-based programs

  • Community-based child care centers

  • Home-based child care settings

  • Head Start programs

  • Other settings

For more information about the Pyramid Model, visit the NeMTSS website,