Pyramid Model Content Transition


The Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL) released the original Pyramid Infant/Toddler and Preschool Training Models in 2001. In 2008, Colorado developed the Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA), a 45-hour training that combined national Pyramid Model content with SpecialQuest, a relationship-based approach focused on enhancing inclusion services. The PPA was updated in 2013. 

In 2023, the national organization, now known as the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI), updated the national training content. Faced with the decision of whether to update the PPA or adopt the national content, Healthy Child Care Colorado established a Transition Team and facilitated hours of stakeholder engagement that resulted in the decision to retire the PPA in favor of the new Colorado Pyramid Model Training of Special Recognition. Scheduled to launch August 1, 2024, this 50-hour series-based training combines the newly released national content with Colorado-specific “bookends”, that when delivered by a certified Pyramid Facilitator, count as a Training of Special Recognition in the Professional Development Information System (PDIS). 

Watch the webinar recording to learn about the 2024 plan and the timeline for retiring the Pyramid Plus Approach in favor of the new Colorado Pyramid Model, Training of Special Recognition.

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Timeline for Adopting New Content & Processes

March – June

Communicate & Prepare

  • March 13, 2024: Transition & Process Revision Webinar
  • Finalize pre and post Colorado-specific sessions
  • Update branding, materials, and “Training of Special Recognition” badge 
  • Communicate the pending transition broadly

July – August

Preparation Continued

  • July 25, 2024 Facilitator Invite Only Webinar: Intro to New Training Content & Processes 
  • August 1, 2024: Facilitator Materials Updated in the Pyramid Resource Center 
  • August 1, 2024: New Traning of Special Recognition Badge Launch
  • August 1, 2024: Launch of Colorado Pyramid Model 50-hour “Training of Special Recognition” 

September – November


  • August 1 – November 1, 2024: PPA & Colorado Pyramid Model Training Overlap
  • October 15, 2024: Pyramid Summit
  • November 1, 2024: Retirement of the Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA)
  • Continue to refine new training, data collection, and communication processes