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On January 1, 2008, the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior (CEBP) became the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, or TACSEI. TACSEI continues and expands of the work of CEBP by moving the extensive research CEBP conducted and synthesized on effective practices into actual, everyday practice.  The result is that decision makers, caregivers and service providers have an enhanced awareness of, understanding of, and ability to use evidence-based practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities. TACSEI is a five-year grant (#H326B070002) made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

The conceptual model TACSEI uses to deliver this important information is the widely endorsed Pyramid Model framework for promoting social-emotional competence and addressing challenging behavior.

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TACSEI's Outreach

TACSEI's spread of effect far exceeds the states that TACSEI works with intensively.

TACSEI Outreach Map

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  • Light Yellow-States where more than 100 individuals are accessing TACSEI resources through E-Updates, are visiting the TACSEI website to download resources, or have enrolled in a TACSEI webinar.
  • Dark Yellow-in addition to the activities occurring in light yellow states, dark yellow indicates states where individuals have participated in trainings delivered by TACSEI faculty, either through conferences or workshops.
  • Blue-in addition to the activities occurring in light yellow and dark yellow states, blue identifies a state as a TACSEI Partner State.
  • Blue Star-indicate locations of teams TACSEI has supported through the first two year's demonstration or Academy teams.

Target Audience

TACSEI's target audience is parents, providers, administrators, policy makers and Part C and 619 Coordinators.

Key Beliefs

TACSEI has six key beliefs that guide the work of the Center:

  1. TA efforts must be deliverable and effective for diverse populations
  2. TA outcomes must be valued by families as well as the broader community
  3. Practices endorsed must be affordable, feasible, and acceptable to diverse stakeholders
  4. Families and program personnel are vital partners in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the work of the Center
  5. Practices must be based on best available evidence and must be replicated across sites and states
  6. Practices must be designed primarily to enhance competencies, rather than remediate problems


During the five years of the project, TACSEI will:

  1. Leverage resources by conducting close, collaborative T/TA with relevant national centers
  2. Maintain and expand existing partnerships with national organizations to ensure "common messages" across agencies, funding streams, and disciplines.
  3. Conduct and widely disseminate research syntheses in a form and manner that benefits practices and addresses questions often posed by providers, families and policy makers.
  4. Develop, train and coordinate a cadre of trainers and coaches that are competent to deliver training and support on evidence-based practices and the Pyramid Model of Prevention and Intervention.
  5. Provide broad-based, technology-meditated TA to all states, with a particular emphasis on selecting intervention goals and efficacious interventions to meet states’ performance indicators specific to behavior and social/emotional development.
  6. Develop and test variations of the Pyramid Model across service systems and age groups, and then scale-up those effective models across states.
  7. Maintain ongoing communication with family consumers and ensure their input into all Center products and practices.
  8. Coordinate our efforts with other federally funded TA Centers to maximize effects.
  9. Establish ongoing evaluation systems for all major Center functions and make course corrections as needed.
  10. Maintain a website that offers up-to-date information for multiple consumers: parents, providers, administrators, policy makers, and provides web-based TA and training opportunities.

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