Frequently Asked Questions

The Colorado Pyramid Plus Center has transitioned to Healthy Child Care Colorado (HCCC). Through support from the Buell Foundation and a Transition Team of stakeholders, we are continuing to shepherd this transition and plan for the future sustainable programming in this vital component of Colorado’s growing and evolving early childhood mental health system.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I provide my thoughts or feedback on the Pyramid Plus Center (PPC) transition?

Healthy Child Care Colorado and partners on the Transition Team are committed to an inclusive process of those most interested in and impacted by the transition. We have reached out to many stakeholder groups for their thinking and will make updates available through the HCCC and Pyramid Colorado newsletters. You can submit suggestions or questions to the Transition Team at 

When will the transition be complete?

We anticipate the refresh of current PPC efforts will continue well into 2022. During the June 2021 webinar  Pyramid Colorado:  Developments, Data, and Direction, we shared more information about exciting developments. More information will be shared before the end of 2021 from Pyramid Colorado and HCCC with another webinar to keep our partners informed. 

How will Pyramid Colorado's work be aligned with other Colorado early childhood efforts?

Colorado participated in extensive assessment and strategy development efforts over the past few years–particularly in the area of infant and early childhood mental health and workforce development. A key step in our transition process was conducting a review of this data including key processes and documents. Also, our collaborative Transition Team and workgroups helped to guide Healthy Child Care Colorado’s efforts, encouraging alignment and integration with other early childhood efforts and systems. 

As 2022 approaches, HCCC and Pyramid Colorado look forward to launching a new Pyramid State Leadership Team. Are you interested in participating on the State Leadership Team? Let us know! The State Leadership Team and our workgroups will continue to guide us in aligning with other efforts in Colorado.

Will Healthy Child Care Colorado continue to align the Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) certification and training with Colorado’s professional development efforts?

Healthy Child Care Colorado is already an active partner in Colorado’s professional development efforts and shares your interest and commitment to the work under way. The PPA training is an approved series training by the Colorado Professional Development Information System (PDIS) and is a pathway for meeting licensing requirements.

Additionally, Pyramid work earns points in our QRIS system. As we transition to use of the Pyramid Modules in late summer of 2022 and develop Pyramid Colorado Facilitator capacity, we are ensuring alignment in those systems as we all work toward completing refreshes to our systems. 

HCCC understands how important PPA certification and training is in providing opportunities for early childhood professionals. We are continuing to align with broader system efforts, and we are advocating for multiple avenues to achieve professional development goals related to Pyramid Model implementation in our state.  

Pyramid Plus Approach Coach & Trainer Certification 

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What will happen to my current Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) Trainer and/or Coach Certification? Will I be able to renew? Is there anything I need to do?

Some important points to consider in creating a professional development plan: 

  1. If your Pyramid Plus certification expired in or after 2020 you were given and extension through June of 2023.
  2. According to PDIS, you will no longer be certified to train or coach once your Pyramid Plus Certification expires (including the provided extensions), until you become certified as a Pyramid Colorado Facilitator.
  3. Those Pyramid Plus Certified Trainers and Coaches who expire in 2023 do not have extensions. When their Pyramid Plus Certification expires, they will need to certify as Pyramid Colorado Facilitators to continue their certification work.
I am interested in becoming certified in the future. Will this be an option?

Yes, you will be able to participate in the certification process in the future. Our current, inaugural cohort is underway. Furthermore, we anticipate hosting a cohort of certification candidates annually starting in September and continuing to June of the following calendar year. 

Additional information on certification opportunities related to Demonstration Sites and Implementation Communities will be shared as they become available. 

Pyramid Plus Approach Training 

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Will Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) training continue to be offered and available?

Yes. Please continue to check the Healthy Child Care Colorado training calendar for PPA training opportunities throughout the state. You may also check with your local Early Childhood Council to find scheduled PPA trainings. Additionally, as Pyramid Model training becomes more widely available in late summer of 2022, it will be posted on the training  calendar as well. Finally, the PPA will sunset in late 2022.  So, for a short time participants will get credit for either the PPA or the Pyramid Colorado Modules. Participants will get the same recognition in PDIS for receiving Pyramid Colorado Module training. 

In the new Professional Development Information System (PDIS) Pyramid training is considered a “Training of Special Recognition” meaning the points for participating in Pyramid training will never expire. So, if I take the PPA this year it will be null and void once the PPA is retired and I’ll need to take the Pyramid Modules?

No. The points earned in the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System for successfully completing the full Pyramid training, delivered by a certified individual, does not expire. The Pyramid training does not “need” to be repeated once the new content comes out. However, having said that, those with a true focus on continuous quality improvement may consider asking some staff to participate in the new training and report back on whether they think going to the updated modules would be a strategic way to spend program funds. 

Does PPA training still count as an equivalency for ECE 103 in child care licensing?

Yes. The PPA training still meets this requirement. It is equivalent to the Early Childhood Guidance Strategies course and may be used in meeting education requirements for positions held in licensed child care facilities and family child care homes. Additionally, as the new Pyramid Model training becomes available, in early to late summer 2022, the PPA will sunset. When that transition occurs, participants will get the same recognition in PDIS for completion of the Pyramid Module training. 

Can trainees receive college credit for PPA Training or Pyramid Model Training?

In the past, college credit was offered for PPA Training. Healthy Child Care Colorado is very interested in making this a reality again and with consistency over time. We will actively engage in conversation and hone partnerships with the goal to create a pathway to higher education credit. 

Can trainees receive CEUs for PPA Training or Pyramid Model Training?

For more information and a definition of CEUs in Colorado’s PDIS system, please read this document: The Early Childhood Professional Credential Definitions