- To develop and maintain an interagency, collaborative state leadership team to develop policies, procedures, and other mechanisms for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of a standardized professional development system that supports the use of The Pyramid Model and practices;
- To connect currently existing systems and programs in the statewide implementation of The Pyramid Model;
- To provide all of the early childhood community with the support needed to implement The Pyramid Model with fidelity;
- To ensure families are knowledgeable about and have access to programs that implement The Pyramid Model; and
- To ensure that the public and public and private funding sources recognize The Pyramid Model as an evidence-based approach that promotes the healthy social-emotional development of infants and young children.
- Increas-e social skills and positive behaviors in infants and young children
- Enhance awareness of the significance of early childhood mental health
- Strengthen family participation in the development of social-emotional competence in infants and young children
- Increase the number of high quality programs available to families of infants and young children
- Reduce the number of problem behavior incidents in young children
- Increase engagement thereby reducing the number of behavioral referrals for social/emotional issues in young children
- Enrich the knowledge and skills of the early childhood community in an effort develop and maintain social-emotional competence and reduce the number of problem behavior incidents among infants and young children
- Boost young children’s participation in general education by strengthening social-emotional competence and reducing the number of related behavioral referrals
- Suzanne Burnette, New Jersey Head Start Collaboration Director
- Denise Bouyer Hargrove, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network NJ
- Andrea Breitwieser, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
- Pamela Brillante, William Paterson University
- Rob Corso, Pyramid Model Consultant
- Gerry Costa, Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
- Tonya Coston, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
- Nezzie DeFrank, Programs for Parents
- Loray Dobson, Preschool Intervention and Referral Team, Camden Public Schools
- Keri Giordano, Children’s Learning Center, New Jersey City University
- Amy Goerl, Early childhood and special education consultant
- Sunday Gustin, Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships
- Terry Harrison, Part C Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Health
- Kathleen Priestley, Early childhood and Special Education Consultant
- Barbara Tkach, Part B Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education
- Ellen Samitt, HOPES CAP, Inc.
- Cynthia Schaefer, New Jersey Office of Licensing
- Liz Vaughan, Office of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
All infants and young children ages 0-8 in New Jersey will have the opportunity to develop social emotional competence
Utilizing The Pyramid Model, the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership will create an integrated approach to support all who work with infants and young children ages 0-8 and their families to develop social-emotional competence.
This group was started in 2009 with a shared vision of increasing the social-emotional competency of infants and young children across New Jersey through the implementation of The “Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children” (the Pyramid Model). The Pyramid Model is a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behavior. Developed by two national training centers (the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children (TACSEI)) and funded by the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this evidence-based model represents a sound framework for early care and educator systems.
The New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership is an interagency, collaborative working group with the purpose of putting in place the mechanisms required to adopt, implement, and sustain the Pyramid Model in the state of New Jersey. In 2012, the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health subcommittee of the New Jersey Council for Young Children developed a goal to promote and implement The Pyramid Model statewide and funded the work.