•  January 23, 2018
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm

STRENGTHENING YOUNG CHILDREN’S SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS: THE PYRAMID MODEL Workshop Day 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Educators

The Pyramid Model, formerly known as CSEFEL Preschool Training Modules, is a positive behavioral intervention and support (PBIS) framework that uses systems-thinking and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. Teaching teams are encouraged to attend together to support program wide implementation. After participating in Module 1, which is the first of 3 modules to be taken in order, participants will be able to describe the importance of building relationships with children, families, & colleagues; describe the relationship between social emotional development & challenging behavior; describe how challenging behavior serves as a function for children; & describe the relationship between environmental variables, challenging behaviors, & social emotional development. Participants will also learn strategies to design their preschool environments identify the importance of consistent schedules & routines; structure transitions; & help children learn rules & routines. This module provides the foundation for Module 2, which looks at specific teaching strategies for the early childhood classroom.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 6 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Danville Area Community College

Presenter Bios


  • Cecilia Mintz
    Cecilia Mintz, B.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Cecilia has worked with a diverse population at Head Start. While working with Head Start she guided children with Project Approach. Cecilia worked at engaging families in their child’s education by encouraging their input on family goals involving their child. She collaborated with local education agencies on IEPs.
  • Bridget Meis
    Bridget Meis, M.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. During her time with STARnet, she has presented on a variety of topics including: Apps and Assistive Technology, Social/Emotional development, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Portfolios, Lesson Planning, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Science and Mathematics, STEAM and Family Engagement. Bridget has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Bridget has worked in a variety of early childhood programs with diverse groups of children from as young as six weeks old to children in fifth grade. Bridget has served children and families in private childcare programs and most recently with Head Start.


2000 East Main Street, Room 141, Danville, Illinois, United States

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