Coaching & Training Project


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the well-being of children and child care providers. The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) identified three State and Federal Stimulus Strategies to support early childhood in Colorado. These strategies include ensuring all families have equitable and easy access to early care and education services, supporting the early care and education workforce, and strengthening communities and families. This project is focused on family strengthening and supporting the early childhood workforce.

The Pyramid Model training, coaching, and certification offered through this project supports early educators to recognize and reduce challenging  behaviors in children while increasing positive behaviors. It also reduces stress, burnout, and turnover among existing early childhood educators and staff, keeping child care facilities open and operating.

Coaching Project

This project offers support to nearly 75 licensed or license-exempt programs at no cost to participants. The implementation of Pyramid Model practices will be supported supported through coaching, fidelity observation tools, educational books, and teaching materials. The project will be delivered in partnership with the statewide network of certified Pyramid Facilitators.

*Application to participate is now closed


Implementation support is offered at no cost to early childhood educators and administrators employed by licensed or license-exempt programs in Colorado.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Must be a licensed or license-exempt program in Colorado.
  • All teaching team member(s) who participate in Pyramid Model Coaching must have completed or are currently enrolled in a 45+ hour Pyramid Model training. A teaching team includes up to 4 people working in the same age group and environment. 
  • Desire to learn and practice implementation of the Pyramid Model within your setting.

Selected programs receive the following:

  • 10 hours of Pyramid-related coaching
  • 1 TPOT or TPITOS Observation
  • Unpacking the Pyramid Model Book (valued at $60)
  • Pyramid Teaching Kit (valued at $269)
  • $1,000 Stipend (paid via check)

Participants must successfully complete the coaching and observations to receive the incentives/stipend

Coaching Partner

We are partnering with organizations and certified Pyramid Facilitators/Coaches to deliver this implementation support to programs across Colorado.

  • Facilitators/Coaches have a current Pyramid Colorado Facilitator Certification
  • Facilitators/Coaches are reliable in the TPOT and/or TPITOS Observation Tool(s).

Coaching and observations will be delivered through a variety of virtual and/or in-person sessions.

Training Project

This project aims expand the accessibility of training and implementation support for the Pyramid Model to be delivered to child care programs across Colorado. This effort provides critical education, strategies, tools, program policies, and ongoing support to the early childhood workforce on social and emotional development and well-being.

*Application to participate is now closed

Training Overview & Eligibility

Trainings are being offered at no cost to early childhood educators and administrators employed by a licensed or license-exempt program in Colorado.

Participants receive the following:

  • 45-hour Pyramid Model or Pyramid Plus Approach training at no cost (valued at $450+)
    • The 45-hour Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Pyramid Model or Pyramid Plus Approach training serves as an equivalent to ECE 103 Guidance Strategies and is a Training of Special Recognition in the Early Childhood Professional Credential, which means it does not expire. 
  • $150 participant stipend
  • Pyramid Teaching Kit (valued at $269)
  • Unpacking the Pyramid Model Book (valued at $60)

*Participants must successfully complete the training by May 31, 2024 to receive the stipend and teaching kit.

*Should multiple participants from a program register for the training, your program will receive a single shipment consisting of one Pyramid Teaching Kit and one copy of the Unpacking the Pyramid Model book.

Interest Form

If you are interested in attending one of these trainings, please complete this brief Interest Form, and we will email you when training registration opens.