Pyramid Framework Promotes Social Emotional Development and School Readiness From Birth

Pyramid Framework Promotes Social Emotional Development and School Readiness From Birth

Implementation of the Pyramid Framework, a model that supports building social and emotional competence in infants and young children, is well underway in New Mexico. Over the last 12 months, a Master Cadre of 10 trainers strived to bring additional high quality professional development to the field of early learning.

 “Integration of the Pyramid Framework with other related promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts is designed to assure New Mexico practitioners learn how best to promote social emotional wellness and to understand the impact of nurturing relationships on children’s capacity to learn,” explained Early Education Quality Development Administrator Katrina Montaño-White, of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Office of Child Development.

The Master Cadre has offered several multi-day “train the trainer” sessions based on the work of the federally-funded Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). 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. More information about CSEFEL is available at

To date, over 400 individuals from New Mexico have participated in “train the trainer” events to ensure that training is available on the Pyramid Framework to all early childhood practitioners in every corner of New Mexico. In addition to the work of the Master Cadre, a cross sector leadership team, known as the New Mexico Pyramid Partnership, is guiding the initiative with the intent of developing and sustaining a statewide, collaborative professional development system that further utilizes the Pyramid Framework.

 In the coming months, additional opportunities will be available to expand the work at the program and community levels to foster the systems change needed to support the well-being of young children and to address challenging behaviors. For more information, contact