Pyramid Plus Approach Training

September 24-December 3, 2016

Location: Bright Horizons—Fitzsimons Early Learning Center, 2255 North Wheeling Street, Aurora, CO

Trainer: Susan Kay, MA, Pyramid Plus Certified Trainer and Coach, Denver’s Early Childhood Council

Over the course of 18 training sessions, you will learn about the Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA), which focuses on social-emotional competencies and inclusion in early childhood. The training curriculum is based on the framework and content of the Pyramid Model training modules and embeds many evidence-based inclusion practices for working with children with challenging behavior and other special needs. The PPA training covers the developmental continuum of young children from birth through five years of age. The training is designed for Early Childhood professionals and others working to improve the social emotional health of young children.

Individuals who complete the full course (all 18 sessions) of the Pyramid Plus Approach training from a Certified Trainer will be considered to have met the requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses.

Registration is available online at You must sign in as or create an account for each person who registers. Registration deadline is September 16th.

Cost: $375/person. Fee includes all materials and light snacks. Please plan on bringing lunch.

Dates (every other Saturday starting September 24)

Saturday, September 24, 8am-4:30pm
Session 1: Introduction to the Pyramid Plus Approach

Session 2: Inclusion: Understanding IDEA and Beyond

Session 3: Effective Workforce & System

Saturday, October 8, 8am-4:30pm
Session 4: Defining Social Emotional Development & Evidence Based Practices

Session 5: Nurturing and Responsive Relationships

Session 6: Partnering Effectively with Families

Saturday, October 22, 8am-4:30pm
Session 7: Supportive Environment Series: Physical Environments

Session 8: Supportive Environment Series: Schedules & Routines

Session 9: Supportive Environment Series: Expectations & Transitions

Saturday, November 5, 8am-4:30pm
Session 10: Universal Screening: Early Detection of Social Emotional Growth

Session 11: Teaming with Families/Writing Functional Goals & Outcomes

Session 12: Intentional Planning & Embedded Learning Opportunities

Saturday, November 19, 8am-4:30pm
Session 13: Teaching Social & Friendship Skills

Session 14: Emotional Literacy & Competence

Session 15: Supporting Early Development: Self-Regulation to Conflict Resolution

Saturday, December 3, 8am-4:30pm
Session 16: Overview for Creating a Behavior Support Plan

Session 17: Understanding the Functions of Behavior & Assessment

Session 18: Developing, Implementing & Monitoring Behavior Support Plans

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