Early childhood communities nurture and embrace all children and families.
By providing early learning and care programs access to the right supports, at the right time, ASaP builds upon the skills, knowledge and confidence of educators to ensure the meaningful participation and inclusion of all children.
The ASaP Continuum Project partners with licensed centres serving preschool children prior to grade one that commit to program- wide implementation of the evidence based Pyramid Model. ASaP is funded by Alberta Human Services and there is no cost for selected preschool, child care or family day home programs to participate.
Pyramid Training Model
The Pyramid Model is an adult capacity building model which acknowledges the importance of an effective workforce as the starting foundation for quality early learning and care programs (http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/). Programs receive three training modules on the 120 professional practices that comprise the Pyramid Model.
Programs receive three training modules on the 120 professional practices that comprise the Pyramid Model. The implementation of the Pyramid Model is directly supported through the provision of onsite coaching. Coaching includes observation of current practices, collaboration to develop learning goals and an action plan to intentionally implement new professional practices that were introduced in the training modules.
Universal supports for all children: Nurturing and Responsive Relationships and High Quality Supportive Environments
- Positive relationships with children and co-workers
- Children learn in the context of trusting and supportive relationships
- A welcoming environment engages children based on their strengths and interests
- Expectations and routines are clearly communicated
Targeted for some children: Social Emotional Supports
The use of intentional strategies to help children learn to:
- Solve problems
- Interact with others
- Recognize and express emotions
- Manage strong emotions
Individualized for a few children: Intensive Intervention
The development of a positive behavior support plan including:
- Working as a team with parents, educator and other professionals
- Effective strategies for observing and understanding child’s communication through behavior
- Supporting child to learn new skills
- Strategies to prevent challenging behavior in the future
Coaching and Monitoring
Coaching is an adult learning strategy for recognizing what educators and families are already doing that works to support children’s learning and to build upon existing or new skills (Rush & Shelden, 2011; McWilliam, 2009; Hanft, Rush & Shelden, 2004). Research has shown that targeted coaching along with training has a much greater impact on educator’s daily practices (Showers, 1995; Ostrosky, 2006).
The implementation of the Pyramid Model is directly supported through the provision of onsite coaching. Coaching includes observation of current practices, collaboration to develop professional learning goals and an action plan to intentionally implement new professional practices that were introduced in the training modules. The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) is used to measure how Pyramid Model practices are used in daily routines, as well as monitor each educator’s growth over time.
- Adult Capacity Building– Skills and confidence for educators and parents to support the social and emotional development of children.
- Navigation – Improve access to a continuum of support for all children, at the right time, in the right place.
- Sustainability through Leadership – A program leadership team commits to the implementation of Pyramid Model practices, the development of inclusive policies and zero rejection of our youngest citizens.
- Family Engagement – Increasing family involvement and awareness of social and emotional development and Pyramid Model practices.
The link below offers more details on the Pyramid Model
- Click here to see the ASaP Community Report
- Click here to read the ASaP Interim Research Report Executive Summary December 2014