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New Center Funded in Colorado to Implement Pyramid Model Statewide
On OctobPyramid Plus logoer 1, 2009, Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion began operations at the University of Colorado Denver under the direction of Dr. Barbara J. Smith. The goal of Pyramid Plus is to increase the use of the Pyramid Model, the SpecialQuest approach and other evidence-based practices in early care and educational settings, including family home care. Pyramid Plus will build the statewide competence of personnel through a network of certified trainers and program coaches to broaden the reach of the approach. This will be accomplished through visits to early care and educational settings throughout Colorado where they can train and coach employees who teach Colorado’s children. For more information, visit

CSEFEL Resource Provides Help with Screening and Assessment
Research Synthesis on Screening and Assessing Social-Emotional Competence
This new resource from CSEFEL provides information for early care and education providers on how to use evidence-based practices to screen and assess the social-emotional competence of infants, toddlers, and young children. This helpful guide also provides several resources and includes a useful table that makes it easy to compare some sample social and emotional screening and assessment tools across a number of areas including age, purpose and administration time. To download this resource and other useful CSEFEL products, please visit the CSEFEL website.

TACSEI Partners with IDEA 619 Consortium
TACSEIIDEA 619 Consortium has a new partner! The IDEA 619 Consortia is a national group comprised of the early childhood special education coordinator in each state and territory with responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 619. The consortia was established to collectively promote collaboration and communication amongst state 619 leaders and other early childhood partners. The goal is to ensure that eligible children, ages 3 through 5 with disabilities, are provided a high-quality educational opportunity with non-disabled peers that result in positive outcomes for each individual child. Check out their informational flyer to learn more about this new TACSEI partner!

Need a Consultant?
TACSEI Redesigns the Consultant Bank to Make it Easier than Ever for You to Find the Expert You Need!
TACSEI ConsultantsThe TACSEI Consultant Bank consists of professionals and parents who can help you to improve young children’s behavior and social emotional outcomes. If you haven't visited the TACSEI Consultant Bank lately, you may want to take another look.  TACSEI recently streamlined the process and updated the Consultant Bank webpage to include a complete listing off all TACSEI Consultants and their expertise, organized by location. Now to find a consultant, simply browse the listings and send consultants you are interested in a message inquiring about their availability, rates, and services. It's that simple!

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.

NACCRRA National Policy Symposium
March 9 - 13, 2010
Washington, DC

7th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 17-20, 2010
Clearwater Beach, Florida

NHSA 37th Annual Head Start Conference
May 3-8, 2010
Dallas, TX

The Tenth National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
May 17-19, 2010
Chapel Hill, NC
This event is the premiere gathering for people who serve young children to learn, share and problem-solve. Don't miss this chance to keep up with what's happening in the field, broaden your knowledge of the latest inclusive practices and further your professional growth!

NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
June 6-9 2010
Phoenix, AZ

New Horizons for Systems of Care
Effective Practice and Performance for Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges and Their Families

July 14-18, 2010
Washington, DC
Learn the latest in-depth, practical information on developing and operating community-based systems of care and delivering effective clinical interventions, services, and supports.

NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo in collaboration with NBCDI
November 3-6, 2010
Anaheim, CA

NHSA 27th Annual Parent Training Conference
December 10-14, 2010
Virginia Beach, VA
March 2010

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. Visit the TACSEI website at:

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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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.