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Social Emotional & Behavior Supports

Last Updated: 11/15/2019 7:26 PM

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes in school communities while preventing problem behavior. The key attributes of PBIS include preventive activities, data-based decision making, and a problem solving orientation (Horner, 2000; Lewis & Sugai, 1999; Sugai, 2000; Weigle, 1997).

Ohio’s Early Childhood model of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) incorporates three levels of prevention and intervention designed to meet the social-emotional needs of all young children. Within early childhood settings, PBIS is a program-wide approach focusing on the
social emotional development of all children. High quality environments, nurturing and responsive relationships, and intentional social skills instruction characterize PBIS in early childhood settings. Implementation of PBIS in early childhood settings reflects the same essential elements of the PBIS framework in school age programs in Ohio through a developmentally appropriate lens.

Center on Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Many valuable, free resources (including Practical Strategies) are available on this site. 


The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion. Resources include family routine guides as well as preschool routine guides


The Pyramid Model Consortium
The Pyramid Model is a PBIS framework that uses systems- thinking and implementation science to promote
evidence based practices. Although different than Ohio’s Early Childhood model on PBIS, the Pyramid Model provides many valuable and free resources families, teachers, and programs can benefit from.

Social Emotional and Behavior Supports

Social Emotional Toolkit
Building on prior successful partnerships to promote early brain and language development and early STEM education, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have joined with Too Small to Fail to release a Social and Emotional Toolkit on social and emotional development. All of the free resources feature examples of simple actions to take, some of which caregivers might be doing already, such as maintaining consistent routines for young children.


Additional Resources:

SST16 Consultant

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Deborah Monnin