In Shoreline, all schools implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to increase student engagement, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. PBIS is a systemic, proactive approach to teaching school-wide behavioral expectations and includes a hierarchy of prevention and intervention strategies. The Pyramid Model provides a framework of practices specifically for implementing PBIS practices within early childhood classrooms and programs.
The Pyramid Model
Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center uses the Pyramid Model to support the healthy social and emotional development of young children. The Pyramid Model emphasizes developing positive relationships between children, families and staff, the implementation of evidence-based, developmentally appropriate teaching practices, and the inclusion and participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood settings. The Pyramid Model provides families and staff with clear components of effective support and instruction to ensure all children succeed in school.
For a wealth of resources (many available in a variety of languages) on everything from how to help your child avoid meltdowns to tips on bedtime struggles, explore the resources NCPMI (National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations) website such as this guide to help families solve a variety of common challenges that come up at home and in the community! Here are links to some of our favorite NCPMI resources to support children’s social-emotional development that our staff frequently use:
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As part of the foundation of the Pyramid, clear, positive behavior expectations are taught to all children. The school-wide positive behavior expectations for Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center are
Children learn specific ways to be safe, kind and solve problems at school through explicit instruction, visual supports, role play, and acknowledgement from staff. Families are encouraged to talk with their children about what these expectations look like in their homes.