Illinois Pyramid Model State Leadership Team

​​​​​​​Our Mission

Early care and education systems in Illinois are committed to promoting and supporting healthy social-emotional development for all children ages birth through five and their families across home, community, classroom, and center-based settings.

Our Vision

Illinois envisions an integrated system of professional development across early care and education programs to provide information on, and ongoing support of, young children's social and emotional development. Statewide birth through five agencies, led by the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), will implement the components of the Pyramid Model framework through implementation science methods and strategies to increase adult knowledge, skills, attitudes, and support leading to high-quality early learning environments for every child. This integrated system will maximize collaboration between birth through five early childhood leaders, practitioners, families, and community members as they become competent in the social-emotional development, mental health, and equitable multi-level systems of support for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers across environments. 

The Impact

The Pyramid Model Consortium has evaluated data from years of implementation across multiple states leading the field to regard it as a sound framework for early care and education systems. In the state of Illinois, we have several data reports that speak to the Pyramid Model’s effectiveness. 

Illinois' Pyramid Model State Leadership Team (SLT) enhances existing collaborations by bringing together a leadership team that includes multiple stakeholders. All work together to resolve state-level barriers (with training for various professional development systems based on a common model) and facilitate access to necessary interventions at the local level.

The Illinois SLT recognizes that the Pyramid Model conceptual framework emphasizes strong relationships, support for social competence, and the prevention of challenging behaviors, and is congruent with its social-emotional foundations for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. The Illinois SLT collaborates with the Pyramid Model Consortium to train Illinois early childhood professionals across the state in professional development systems that work together to strengthen interagency collaboration at the state and local levels.

Having a common vision for social-emotional development across all state-wide training efforts create a cohesive and effective approach to addressing all levels of need of very young children, including those with challenging behaviors and special needs that align with Illinois' Social-Emotional Early Learning Standards.

Pyramid Model Statewide Leadership Team

The Outcomes

The broad goal for the early care and education workforce is to:

  1. Enhance early childhood programs' capacity to adopt the Pyramid Model.

  2. Grow the number of high-quality trainers and coaches.

  3. Identify and develop implementation sites.

  4. Collect data and evaluate.​


Master Cadre Second Cohort

Congratulations to those selected to the second cohort of the Pyramid Model Master Cadre! Thirteen individuals were selected in January 2020 through an application process to be part of Illinois' Pyramid Model statewide initiative. The priority of this Master Cadre is to support ISBE PFA programs across the state. The Master Cadre can offer training, technical assistance and coaching support to leadership teams who have applied to be a Pyramid Model Implementation site. By using the Pyramid Model framework, programs will become confident in their social emotional practices, reduce challenging behaviors, and reduce suspensions and eliminate expulsions. 

2020 Master Cadre Cohort

Dennis Abreu
Cindy Beabout
Sharonda Brown
Rebbcca Cadwell
Sharon Doubet
Julie Kallanbach
Julia Labuda
Monica Latham
Jeannie Matula
Vicki Pendelton
Rose Ramey
Pandora Taylor 
Tammy Value