Technical Assistance

Implementation of the Pyramid Model within Part C Programs
Application for Intensive Technical Assistance

Application Deadline: September 26, 2018
Selected States Notified: October 5, 2018
TA begins: October, 2018



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Info Session: NCPMI addresses frequently asked questions for this TA opportunity. (Recorded August 20, 2018)

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Purpose of this RFA

States are invited to participate in an implementation and scale-up training and technical assistance (T/TA) opportunity designed to promote the social, emotional and behavioral outcomes of children ages birth through 3 participating in Part C services. The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) has been funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the US Department of Education to provide T/TA to build the capacity of state systems to implement and sustain the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social Emotional Competence of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children (Pyramid Model). We are inviting applications from State Part C systems to participate in an Intensive TA opportunity that will result in the sustainable implementation of the Pyramid Model within local implementation programs.


Goal and Outcomes of the Partnership

The goal of the State/NCPMI Partnership is:

To plan, implement, and sustain a professional development system to build the capacity of local programs and early intervention professionals to use the Pyramid Model in the coaching of families to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of infants and toddlers with or at risk for disabilities in natural environments.

This intensive TA opportunity is focused on supporting the state system in achieving the following five outcomes:

  • Enhancing state capacity to implement and sustain the Pyramid Model through the work of a collaborative cross-sector or lead agency state leadership team;

  • Establishing a professional development network of professionals who will provide ongoing training and coaching to local Pyramid Model implementation sites;

  • Establishing a cohort of local implementation programs (e.g., local agency or program, districts, or other organizational unit that provides services through Part C);

  • Establishing an evaluation system that includes data on implementation fidelity and outcomes; and

  • The development of a sustainability and scale-up plan.

The NCPMI model of building state capacity reflects lessons learned from multiple successful statewide implementation efforts related to the Pyramid Model and DEC Recommended Practices as well as the literature on implementation science. The components for capacity building are described in the Statewide Implementation Guide and include the following:

  • State Leadership Team - convening a collaborative cross-sector or within agency state leadership team (this may be an already existing group) to align Pyramid Model implementation within current service delivery context, develop policies, procedures, and other mechanisms to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain the Pyramid Model and practices;
  • Professional Development Network - establishing a cadre of Pyramid trainers and program coaches to build the capacity of the workforce and support local implementation of the model and practices for the support of families and children;
  • Establish Implementation Programs – providing training and coaching to the local leadership teams of at least 3 local programs (e.g., local agency or program, districts, or other organizational unit that provides services through Part C) to serve as demonstrations for the state and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model and practices in those sites;
  • Use of Data for Decision-Making – using data tools at the state and local implementation level to strengthen implementation fidelity and ensure the promotion of child and family outcomes.


Intensive T/TA to be Provided

  • A minimum of 4 on-site TA trips per year to meet with and help facilitate the State Leadership Team;
  • Approximately 8 on-site days per year for training and TA to the state professional development network of program coaches and participants from implementation sites;
  • Regularly scheduled or as needed distance support to the State Leadership Team, State Professional Development Network of program coaches, and implementation sites including conference calls and webinars;
  • Assistance with developing data and accountability systems for documenting outcomes and ensuring fidelity and continuous improvement;
  • Provision of training materials and data decision-making tools, and
  • Assistance with creating a plan for sustainability and scale up.


State Readiness, Resources and Responsibilities

The process of state leadership team collaboration and system enhancement is intensive, requiring a significant commitment of staff, time, and fiscal resources. However, intensive engagement that leads to high fidelity implementation of the Pyramid Model will result in a more competent and confident workforce and better outcomes for children and their families.

The first step toward achieving this goal and these outcomes is the selection of states that are ready to plan, implement, and sustain these components. Therefore, NCPMI will select only those states that demonstrate evidence that they are able to:

  • Allocate a minimum of $20,000 per year (above the allocation of funding to staffing the coordinator) to the Pyramid Model implementation work including ensuring that the professional development network of external coaches is supported, implementation sites are trained and coached, and expenses are allocated for meetings and professional development events;

  • Are committed to the use of a family coaching model for the delivery of Part C services;

  • Dedicate at least 1.0 FTE of appropriately trained and experienced staff to coordinate and evaluate the effort including the supervision of the professional development network of program coaches, recruitment and support of implementation sites, and serving as the liaison to the Center staff (this may be two people with shared 1.0 FTE);

  • Fulfill the responsibilities and commitments in Table 1;

  • Demonstrate commitment to the State Leadership Team, State Professional Development Network of program coaches, implementation sites, and evaluation components; and

  • Plan for scaling-up and sustaining the effort.

NCPMI will provide technical assistance across two phases over a period of two years. Phase I involves multiple on-site training and TA visits to the state team, trainers, coaches and implementation sites along with a regular schedule of distance TA. Phase II involves fewer on-site visits and more distance TA with a focus on state independence, sustainability and scale up of the Pyramid Model. Table 1 provides information about the in-kind resources NCPMI will bring to your state and the expectations for your state.