Technical Assistance

Statewide Implementation of the Pyramid Model within Preschool Programs
Application for Intensive Technical Assistance



Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

Selected States Notified: December 5, 2018

TA begins: December 2018

Supports for your Application

Info and Q&A Session

Recorded Octber 10, 2018

Information Resources

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 3 through 5 years participating in preschool programs and receiving Part B, 619 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 IDEA Preschool, Section 619 Coordinators to participate in an Intensive TA opportunity that will result in the sustainable implementation of the Pyramid Model within local implementation programs.

This intensive TA opportunity is designed for states with little or no current statewide Pyramid Model efforts.


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 professionals to use the Pyramid Model in the coaching of service providers to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of children 3-5 years of age with or at risk for disabilities in inclusive environments.

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

  1. Enhancing state capacity to implement and sustain the Pyramid Model through the work of a collaborative cross-sector state leadership team;

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

  3. Establishing a cohort of local implementation programs

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

  5. 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. The work of the State Leadership Team will be guided by the State Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ).
  • Professional Development Network - establishing a cadre of Pyramid trainers and program coaches (i.e., coaches that work with implementation program leadership teams) to build the capacity of the workforce and support local implementation of the model and practices for the support of service providers and children;
  • Implementation Programs – providing training and coaching to the local leadership teams of at least 3 local programs to serve as demonstrations for the state and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model and practices in those sites;
  • 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 by NCPMI across Two Years:

  • 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 (i.e., leadership teams, practitioners, and practitioner coaches);

  • 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:

  • 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);

  • 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 program coaches is supported, implementation sites are trained and coached, and expenses are allocated for meetings and professional development events described in Table 1and attendance at the annual National Training Institute (NTI);

  • 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;

  • Space and technology capacity for virtual meetings with the State Leadership Team, program coaches and practitioner coaches; 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.