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10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices for Addressing Young Children’s Challenging Behavior
National Training InstituteRegister now to attend the 10th annual National Training Institute in Clearwater Beach Florida on March 20 - 23, 2013. This institute offers in-depth sessions related to the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to program leaders, trainers, technical assistance providers, and practitioners.  Registration is limited and is likely to be full by the end of February. Register today by visiting the official NTI website.

Help Us Celebrate the Pyramid Model by Sharing Your Photos
Pyramid ModelTACSEI is collecting photos and visuals that portray the implementation of the Pyramid Model within early childhood programs. We are seeking photos of program events, staff training, children, families, and celebrations that you are willing to share with others. These photos will be used to create visual displays for the National Training Institute and in a presentation that can be used to illustrate implementation and outcomes associated with the Pyramid Model.  Be a part of the celebration and share your photos today by visiting the photo upload page on the TACSEI website. 

New Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center funded by OSEP
ECTA CenterWe are delighted to announce the new Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)! The ECTA Center will build upon the foundation of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. This Center will build on the success and expertise of NECTAC, TACSEI, CELL, and ECO.  Major activities will include:
  • Working with partner states to develop a service system framework for high-quality, effective and efficient early childhood and early intervention service systems;
  • Producing guidance materials for state and local programs that identify the essential features and implementation processes critical to implementing, scaling up, and sustaining effective services and interventions;
  • Partnering with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, to revise the research-based, field-validated DEC Recommended Practices; and
  • Providing general, targeted, and intensive technical assistance to states and local programs to support the use of effective practices within Part C and Section 619 programs, enhance Child and Family Outcome measurement, and, ultimately improve results for children and families participating in Part C and Section 619 programs.
For more information, please visit the ECTA website.

Listen to the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children Webinar
Glen DunlapThis webinar, held in December 2012, provides a description of Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children, a model of intervention for young children with the most persistent and severe challenging behaviors.  The model is based on the well-established procedures of positive behavior support, but is designed to help providers implement the assessment and intervention strategies with a high level of fidelity, leading to improved effectiveness. PTR-YC is a process for use in early Janice Leechildhood care and education settings, including pre-K classrooms, and consists of teaming and goal setting, practical data collection, functional behavioral assessment, intervention planning and implementation.  TACSEI faculty Glen Dunlap and Janice Lee present the webinar and share many resources for the implementation of the intervention. Visit the TACSEI website to watch the recording of this valuable event.

Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches
Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches, by Larry Edelman, is a regular feature in which Larry highlights a useful application or resource each month.

"Just Being Kids" Video Now Available
Just Being Kids VideoThe video Just Being Kids has just been posted to the Results Matter Video Library. Originally published in 2001, Just Being Kids is a collection of six clips that illustrate recommended practices in early intervention. Developed by The ENRICH Outreach Team at JFK Partners in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education, each clip features early interventionists working collaboratively with families to achieve meaningful outcomes for their children in the context of everyday routines, activities, and places. In each story, the family members and providers offer poignant reflections on their experiences. The six stories illustrate a number of recommended practices related to family-centered service delivery, home-visiting, assessment, coaching, consultation, teaming, the use of adaptations, cultural competence, and more. As with all of the videos in the Results Matter Video Library, the Just Being Kids clips can be viewed online and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. Side Note: There are now more than 100 videos in the Results Matter Video Library…we hope you can take a few moments to look around.

Want to learn more? Visit Larry's blog for valuable information about using technology in providing professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination.

Events You Should Know About
TACSEI and CSEFEL faculty may provide presentations, workshops and/or sessions at the events listed below. Please visit each association's website for specific program and registration information.

NABE 42nd Annual Conference
February 7-9, 2013
Lake Buena Vista, FL

10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013
Clearwater Beach, FL

2013 National Child Care Aware of America Policy Symposium
April 10-13, 2013
Washington, D.C.

40th Annual Head Start Conference
April 28, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Washington, DC
February 2013

About the Centers
TACSEI LogoThe Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, (TACSEI) is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
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CSEFEL LogoThe Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Visit the CSEFEL website at:

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TACSEI ConsultantsThe TACSEI Consultant Bank consists of professionals and parents who can help you to improve young children’s behavior and social emotional outcomes. Simply browse the listings and then send consultants you are interested in a message inquiring about their availability, rates, and services. It's that simple!

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Attention Pyramid Model Trainers and Coaches
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This Update was made possible by grant #H326B070002, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and grant #90YD0779 from the Office of Head Start and Child care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency, nor does publication in any way constitute an endorsement by the funding agency.