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 Colorado’s work? 

Healthy Child Care Colorado and its partners are committed to an inclusive process of those most interested in and impacted by the work today and in the future. 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 us and the Pyramid State Leadership Team at info@healthychildcareco.org 

When will the transition be complete?

The transition is complete.  However, we anticipate the refresh of programming to continue through 2022. During the December 2, 2021, Pyramid Colorado:  2021 Progress to 2022 Priorities Webinar, we shared more information about exciting accomplishments and upcoming priorities that guide our planning. More information will be shared in 2022, from Pyramid Colorado and HCCC in our newsletters to keep our partners informed. 

How can I learn more about Healthy Child Care Colorado? 

To learn more about the work of Healthy Child Care Colorado, please visit our website at healthychildcareco.organd follow us on Facebook and Instagram!  

How was the Pyramid State Leadership Team chosen and what will they do?  

Community regarding PSLT membership. We received 35 nominations which were accepted by the nominees. HCCC finalized selections with support from our funder and consultant. The Pyramid State Leadership Team will collaborate to provide insight, context, expertise, and guidance toHealthy Child CareColorado on matters of programming, research, opportunities, funding, and systems alignment.The teamwill ensure thatPyramid-related effortsmaintain relevance, meaning, and utility in local, state, and national contexts. They will alsosupport ourannual priority areas, acting to ensure success. HCCC Created a nomination process to receive input from the Early Childhood.  

Pyramid Training

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How do I find Pyramid training opportunities?  

Please continue to check the Healthy Child Care Colorado training calendar for Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) training opportunities throughout the state. You may also check with your local Early Childhood Council to find scheduled PPA training. Additionally, as Colorado Pyramid Model training becomes available, in the late summer of 2022, it too will be posted on the training calendar. 

When will the Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) training be retired in favor of the new Colorado Pyramid Modules that are coming out?  

The PPA is expected to sunset in December 2022.  So, from the last half of 2022 participants will get credit for either the PPA or the Pyramid Colorado Modules. Participants will get the same recognition in PDIS for receiving either training. 

If I took/take the PPA, will it be null and void once the PPA is retired?

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, do not expire. The Pyramid training will not “need” to be repeated once the new content is available. Additionally, participants wanting the new content for continuous quality improvement may still earn points for annual training if deciding to participate in the new Colorado Pyramid Modules.

In the new Professional Development Information System (PDIS), Pyramid training is considered a “Training of Special Recognition” and the points for participating in Pyramid training do not expire.   

  • The full 45-hour series of Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) facilitated by a Pyramid Plus Center Certified Trainer  

or 

  • The full 45-hour series of Colorado Pyramid Modules facilitated by a Healthy Child Care Colorado Certified Pyramid Facilitator is considered a “Training of Special Recognition” in PDIS. 
Do the E-Pyramid Modules count in PDIS?

The short answer is, “no,” for a few reasons. First, The PPA was vetted through the state system and aligned with training and coaching qualifications/competencies used at that time. There is a plan to align the new Pyramid Colorado Modules, due to be released in the summer of 2022, into the new system after modifications to the system are complete and the state backlog no longer exists. 

Additionally, as a ‘training of special recognition’ with points that do not expire in the PDIS system, we want to hold Pyramid content in an intentional way, working to unite Pyramid efforts and braid systems and setting that implement the Pyramid Model in our state. We can do this by including real Colorado examples in our professional development content. Those examples are not in the e-Modules 

Furthermore, we are working to ensure that our content continues to align with the higher ed system for ECE 103 at the 2 years and are working to align at the 4-year level as well, perhaps for prior credit. 

Still, we LOVE the PMCs E-Pyramid Modules. Though they do not align with our system, the content is fully Pyramid and amazing! Many share that they do annual Pyramid training but use the E-Pyramid Modules for staff onboarding between the full training as a fabulous way to get them going. 

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 Colorado Pyramid Modules. 

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 

Pyramid Plus Certified Coaches & Trainers 

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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: 

  1. If your Pyramid Plus certification expired in or after 2020 you were given an extension through June of 2023. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. How do I sign up? 

We anticipate hosting a cohort of certification candidates annually starting in August and continuing to June of the following calendar year.Applications for certification will be available in the spring and the cohort announcement will be in June. 

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

Pyramid Plus Implementation Communities & Early Childhood Programs 

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I’m a current Pyramid Plus community or program. What support or consultation will be available during the transition? 

We are in the process of assessing what consultation and coaching supports might be needed over the coming months. As we consider possibilities, we are also connecting with ECCLA for feedback on how Councils may be a vehicle for implementation support, as the early childhood landscape changes. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.If you would like to share your thoughts or needs, please email us at info@healthychildcareco.org. 

I’m interested in bringing the Pyramid practices to my community. Will there be opportunities for communities wanting to initiate or expand Pyramid practices or the PPA? 

Pyramid Model work is an important component of our early childhood system. We are excited to reconnect with Pyramid Demonstration Sites, Implementation Communities, and programs who have implemented in the past. We are reviewing MOUs used by the Pyramid Plus Center, as we consider how to best support those communities and the inclusion of new programs and communities into Pyramid Colorado implementation efforts. And, in summer 2022 we plan to launch a Community-Wide Implementation Workgroup 2022 to assist in this important aspect of Pyramid implementation. 

I’m interested in implementing the Pyramid practices in my program. Will there be opportunities for programs to host the Pyramid Model training or initiate or expand Pyramid coaching? 

We recognize and applaud that the Pyramid Model content is an important component of our early childhood system! We are in the process of assessing what support might be available with federal funding. While we consider possibilities, we are also connecting with ECCLA for feedback on how Councils may be a vehicle for implementation support as our early childhood landscape experiences another iterative change. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.