Technical Assistance

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

Application Requirements

States must describe how they will meet the following requirements.


I. Convene a State Leadership Team

The five outcomes listed in the Background section will be achieved through the partnership of NCPMI and a state inter-agency collaborative team. The IDEA 619 Preschool Coordinator will convene the state team of decision makers or their representatives. Participants must include a team member from your OSEP-funded state Parent Training and Information Center or Community Parent Resource Center. Other key members include the Part C Coordinator, personnel involved in typical preschool settings such as Head Start, Child Care, public school preschool, and other inclusive programs and settings where children with disabilities or at risk for disabilities and their families receive their special education and related services. Other agencies we recommend as germane to the initiative include: statewide T/TA initiatives, PBS Initiatives, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Child Welfare, family organizations, and higher education (community college, 4-year institutions, etc.).

Applications must include a letter of commitment from the 619 Coordinator. Additionally, list on the State Leadership Team Roster Template the names, agencies and contact information of the conveners, as well as the team members. Letters of commitment must be attached that indicate the commitment of the team members to a multi-year collaborative effort for implementation and scale up the Pyramid Model.


II. Designate a Coordinator

Applications must describe how the State Leadership Team will staff the partnership including: 1) providing the name and contact information of a coordinator(s) as well as, 2) their qualifications related to the knowledge, skills and experiences described below and in the State Coordinator(s) Position Description, if known at the time of submission. If not known, describe plans to meet these requirements.

Description of the staffing considerations include:
  • 4 major functions:

    • facilitating the State Leadership Team

    • supporting professional development network of program coaches and implementation sites

    • collecting and analyzing evaluation data

    • serving as liaison with NCPMI

  • Staffing should total at least 1.0 FTE (can be shared between a maximum of two people whose roles reflect the major functions)

  • Knowledge, skills, and experiences related to the functions (the necessary knowledge and skills reflects a senior level position(s) with experience in early intervention, systems and policies, professional development, collaborative team work and project coordination)


III. Description of State Vision, System, Strengths, Challenges

A. Vision: What is the vision for your state in the next 2 to 3 years in professional development related to the social, emotional, and behavioral development of children 3-5 years of age with or at risk for disabilities and their families? Describe how the vision relates to services in inclusive environments. Describe how partnering with NCPMI would help to realize that vision.

B. Strengths and Challenges: Provide a description of your state context and the major professional development, system improvement, and partnership efforts in your state that are related to the implementation of evidence-based practices to address young children’s social emotional outcomes. In the description, provide information on the following and include reflections on your strengths and challenges:

  • Describe the current initiatives related to the promotion of social emotional outcomes.

  • Describe other state activities related to promoting social emotional outcomes (e.g., professional development, policy, State Systemic Improvement Plan, collaborative strategic initiatives/activities/goals).

  • Describe current mechanisms for ongoing training and technical assistance to personnel as it pertains to promoting social emotional outcomes.

  • Describe other TA activities in which your state IDEA Part B 619 program is currently engaged and how those efforts might align to your participation in Intensive TA for implementing the Pyramid Model.

  • Describe any current or past training efforts related to the Pyramid Model including who provided the training, the content, the length of the training, and the audience.


IV. Resource Allocation

Describe how your team will meet the following requirements:

  • 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 included in sequence of TA activities and attendance at the annual National Training Institute (NTI);
  • 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);
Describe how your team will meet the requirements listed in Table 1 including the resources (fiscal, organizational, and human) your state would dedicate to collaborating with NCPMI to enhance the professional development efforts in your state. For example, what resources are you able to dedicate to training events (space, food, AV equipment), to supporting the supervision of the professional development network of program coaches, establishing evaluation systems, and to the delivery of ongoing training to local programs?