Child Health & Behavior Supports

Health & Behavior Supports
Early care and education settings and practices help promote strong relationships, social and emotional development, appropriate nutrition and physical activity. Settings also promote mental health and well-being through early identification, consultation and treatment so that children in need receive individualized services and supports.

A NEW SESSION of Pyramid Plus Approach Training begins June 23, 2018. All sessions will be held on Saturday from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Click here for details and to register.

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At El Paso Pyramid PlusPyramid Plus Triangle (EPPP) our mission is to educate our community on the value of social-emotional health in our youngest children and to promote high quality early childhood experiences through training and coaching for professionals and families through the Pyramid Plus Approach.

Why the Pyramid Plus Approach Model?
The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence for Infants and Young Children is a positive behavioral intervention and support framework that early educators can use to promote young children’s social and emotional development and prevent/address challenging behavior.

In classrooms where the Pyramid Model was implemented, there were significant improvements in children’s social skills. Target children, children with persistent behavioral challenges, showed statistically significant decreases in challenging behavior.
(Hemmeter, Fox, & Snyder, 2013; Hemmeter, Snyder, Fox, & Algina, 2011)

Alliance for Kids has developed two options for Early Childhood Education Centers/Family Child Care Homes to participate in the Pyramid Plus Project. Participants can either send their staff to the Community Training and receive coaching support during the training process or they can make a greater commitment to become an Implementation Site and receive supports to help them embed coaching, data collection/analysis and the ability to sustain the knowledge of the Pyramid Plus Approach in their center.

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Alliance for Kids partners with The Resource Exchange to provide FREE  Early Childhood Services for parents and Early Care and Education programs.

ABOUT THIS RESOURCE (EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALISTS):  TRE staff trained in development and behavior assessment who will assist care providers and parents in planning and implementing interventions for the specified child to succeed or to improve an overall classroom’s support of children’s social emotional development. Early Childhood Specialists DO NOT provide diagnosis or evaluation. This is a free resource!


  • Children ages 0-8 who are showing disruptive behaviors in a child care center, family child care home, preschool or school setting within El Paso, Teller and Park Counties.
  • Classroom staff interested in consultation on implementing social emotional curriculum and strategies within El Paso, Teller and Park Counties.

WHEN: Meetings & assessment times will be coordinated based upon needs of the provider, parent, and child.

WHERE: The ECS will come to the childcare center, family child care home, or preschool for assessments and meetings, and/or meet with parents in their home to provide coordinated service for the family and providers.

CONTACT US: 719.577.9190

When calling the ECS Referral Line, please have the following ready (based on type of referral):

  • Child Specific – Site/teacher or provider name; site/provider address; child name & DOB;
    parent(s) name, address, and phone; primary concern or needs
  • General Classroom – Site name and address, teacher name, primary concern or needs

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Alliance for Kids is thrilled to be able to offer Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) Coaching to teachers throughout El Paso County.  This coaching allows teachers to receive support in implementing the social emotional skills and practices they learned about in the Pyramid Plus Approach Training.  Our Pyramid Plus Coach works closely with these early childhood professionals to support their professional development goals by targeting needs at all three levels of the pyramid helping to understand the concept of the Pyramid Model Framework. This coaching is provided to as many sites as possible pending availability of funded coaching hours.

In order to receive this coaching you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of, or enrollment in, the full Pyramid Plus Approach Training.
  • Time and coverage must be provided to meet outside of the classroom every other week for two hours and be open to having your coach visit your classroom on the “off weeks” for an hour.
  • Collaboration with your administrator to ensure that the coaching and time away from the classroom are a good fit for your program.

What do teachers in El Paso County have to say about Pyramid Plus Approach Coaching?

  • “It’s a great approach to help children with some challenging behaviors.”
  • “Once we started using [the tools]…it just sticks with you. And it works….it has become part of our routine; it’s just part of what we do.”
  • “If you are going to work in child care or be a teacher or director, (anything that has to do with young children), I think you should take this class. I would take this class again.  I would take the coaching again.  I would do it all again…very useful.”
  • “It’s changed the way that I deal with the kids. You can see it in them [the other children]… how they interact and deal with each other, and teachers, and our classroom.”

If you are interested in becoming a pyramid plus community classroom, please contact Alliance for Kids (719.634.8045) for information on the application process.

Additional Links:

Safe Sleep

Webinar Recording: Improving Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits
Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA  • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.

Dental Health Resources

Schedule a Dental Bus!

Dental care and education and is very important to the well-being of young children. If you would like to schedule a Dental Bus to come on-site at your center to provide dental care and education for your children, please contact Evon Myers at Peak Vista. Parents do not need to be present for children to receive care, but consent is required – see documents below. Please consider printing these forms and having parents fill them out at registration or during conferences.

Permission Slips – English

Consent to Treatment

Permission Slips – Spanish

Pediatric Health History

Evon Meyers
Vice President of Dental Operations
Peak Vista Community Health Centers
719.344.7048Direct Line

Brought to you by Peak Vista and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Dental Education
If you would like to provide dental education to children at your center or site, please contact Nancy Green for more information:

Nancy Greene, Denta Quest