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Seeking Your Input!
ComputerThe Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) wants to tailor communications, training, and support materials to match real-world communications media use and preferences of early childhood professionals.  To that end, we are asking you to provide us with information about your use of digital communications media in your professional role.
We are inviting early childhood practitioners, program directors, therapists, and special educators in and out of classrooms to participate.  We are hoping to hear from the widest possible number of early childhood professionals.  We are circulating this request through a variety of avenues, so if you have already responded, please share this with colleagues so they may participate.
Your responses will help to shape the products we develop for communicating, training, and other support materials in the EC context.  Should you have any questions, please contact Carol M. Trivette, Ph.D., via e-mail at
There are eight multiple-choice questions, and one optional question, that should require less than five minutes of your time. We are sincerely grateful for your participation!
Select the following link to provide your input to ECTA today!

Great Learning and Networking Opportunity
DEC 2013Join your Pyramid Model colleagues at the 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, brought to you by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children in San Francisco, CA, October 16-18, 2013.  This year’s theme is Bridging Research, Policy and Practice…Every Day, Every Chance, Every Child.  You will be inspired by top researchers, leading policymakers, practitioners and families as they share evidence-based innovative approaches that demonstrate meaningful, effective and sustainable collaborations across research, policy and practice.  
We are excited to announce that Mary Louise Hemmeter, Patricia Snyder, and Lise Fox will be offering a pre-conference reliability training on the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT). The training will provide participants with training on the newest edition of the TPOT (to be published by Paul H. Brookes in March, 2014) and will include the opportunity to score a full TPOT observation and interview to establish reliability with the trainers. Visit the DEC website for the latest registration and hotel information for this exciting conference!

New Backpack Handouts Added
Backpack HandoutAttention teachers and caregivers! TACSEI recently added several new handouts to the Backpack Connection Series:  How to Help Your Child Stop Biting, How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Jealousy, How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Bedtime, How to Help Your Child Manage Time and Understand Expectations, How to Help Your Child Learn to Trade, and How to Help Your Child Learn to Share. The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. Visit the TACSEI website to take a look at the entire series. Keeping checking back-more handouts are being added periodically!

It's Never Too Early to Save the Date for NTI!
Palm Tree11th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior
Conference: April 23-25, 2014
Pre-Conference: April 22-23, 2014

We are excited to announce our new location for NTI 2014! Join us at the luxurious, historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. Our new location offers fabulous amenities, local attractions, and will allow NTI to grow and be better than ever.  Visit the NTI website for more information.

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.

October 16-18, 2013
San Francisco, CA
November 20 – 23, 2013
Washington, DC
December 9-13, 2013
Atlanta, GA
Save the Date!
April 23-25, 2014
St. Petersburg, FL
June 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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Like a product or snippet of information you see in our updates or on one of our websites? We encourage you to copy and paste it, link to it, feature it in your newsletter,  tack it on a bulletin board or simply forward this email. Share it however you can! CSEFEL and TACSEI are dedicated to disseminating useful information about young children’s social emotional development to those who need it in as many ways as possible. We ask only that you reference the Centers and their websites (so that people can learn more!)
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Need a Consultant?
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.