Illinois Pyramid Model Partnership

​​​​​​​Our Mission

Social-emotional competence is foundational for learning and developing resilience in young children, and Illinois is committed to promoting and supporting healthy social-emotional growth for all children ages birth to five.​

Our Vision

Illinois is participating in the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model), an early childhood professional development opportunity designed to support the social-emotional development of children birth through five. Illinois envisions an integrated system of professional development with Head Start, Childcare, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Public Schools in partnership with the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development to provide training to all birth-to-five early childhood practitioners on the Pyramid Model. The Pyramid Model framework utilizes implementation science to assess and obtain reliability, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and supports necessary to nurture all young children's social-emotional development within families, cultures, and communities. The system will maximize collaboration to enhance linkages and methods for local agencies to deliver services and to connect families to appropriate interventions to become competent in the social-emotional development of all children ages birth to five in all early learning environments.

Illinois also supports the vision of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI): We envision a world where all young children will have a positive future through the promotion of their social-emotional competence in equitable and inclusive environments. 

The Framework

The Pyramid Model has developed a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social-emotional competence and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior. 

  • ​The Pyramid Model has evaluated data from years of implementation in multiple states and believes that it is a sound framework for early care and education systems.

  • The Pyramid model has also developed extensive, user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources to help Illinois programs implement the model at no cost to programs.

  • Illinois trained many practitioners as trainers in the Pyramid Model. These trainers have the capacity to promote social-emotional competence, prevent emotional disruption, address challenging behavior, and understand the impact of nurturing relationships on children’s learning.

  • The Illinois statewide professional development system has been training early childhood professionals across the state for many years, with programs and communities already experiencing positive changes for supporting children’s social-emotional development and for supporting their challenging behaviors.

  • Illinois continues to train professionals in the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) to reliability.​

Illinois' Pyramid Model Partnership 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 Partnership 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 Partnership 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.​

IL Pyramid Model Statewide Leadership TeamThe 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.​

PDG Federal Programs Participating in Pyramid Model Implementation 2018

1.West Chicago 33

2. East Aurora 131

3. Elgin U-46

4. Children's Home and Aid- Carpentersville

5. Rockford Public Schools #205

6. Carpentersville CUSD 300

7. North Chicago CUSD 187

8. Addison #4

9. Rock Island ROE

10. Metropolitan Family Services

11. Riverdale #148

12. One Hope United- Joliet/Aurora

13. Dolton District #149

14. Valley View Early Childhood Center-District 365U

15. Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn

16. Lansing #158

17. Harvey #152

18. Freeburg District #70

19. McLean County #5

20. Pershing Early Learning Program- Decatur #61

21. Lessie Bates- East St. Louis

22. Cahokia District #187

Master Cadre Listed by Region 

North and Chicago Suburbs Region

Antionette Taylor

Bernice Shelton

Allen Rosales

Angela Searcy

Courtney Kirk

Casey Craft-Cortes

Desney Avery

Donita Kirkland

Jac McBride

Joyce Senters

Rosario Rodriguez

Sharifa Townsend

Sara Beach

Sheila Bauer

Tammy Notter

Central Region

Angela Herrington

Anna Owen

Kathy Davis

Kathleen Liffick

Pam Reising-Rechner

South Region

Diane Richey

Denise Henry

Jade Bumgarner

Lynn Barts