TACSEI Demonstration Programs
From 2008 to 2009, TACSEI worked in partnership with several demonstration sites to develop and evaluate models for implementing the Pyramid Model within classrooms and programs. The lessons learned through these partnerships helped refine models for the implementation of the Pyramid Model in a variety of settings.
Learn About the TACSEI Demonstration Programs
To learn more about implementation and see the Pyramid Model in action, please use the links below.
- Douglas County, Colorado
In 1979 Douglas County began to meet the needs of all three and four-year-old children identified with developmental delays. In 1991 their program was expanded to include typically developing peers in inclusive settings where the learning needs of all children are met in a respectful and positive environment. Currently, Douglas County Preschool classrooms are 2 ½ hours in length and serve 10-12 typically developing students and 4-5 students with developmental delays.
- Marion County, West Virginia
In this county-wide adoption of the Pyramid Model, children with disabilities are served within Pyramid Model classrooms in community early childhood programs, Head Start, and public school classrooms. A county-wide leadership team has ensured that all personnel in preschool inclusion sites are implementing the Pyramid Model.
- Mary Go Round Child Care Centers, Florida
Mary Go Round Child Care is a nationally accredited early childhood education center with two sites in Florida. Their staff of 31 proudly serves about 245 children. Mary Go Round began implementing the Pyramid Model in 2009 through a project funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County with the University of South Florida’s Program Wide Positive Behavior Support Project (PWPBS).
- New! Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Preschools is part of Grand Junction’s Mesa County Valley School District 51 on the Western Slope of Colorado. Mesa County has 24 preschools and five community preschool sites and serves children ages three to five years old. They service students with special needs and students at risk for future educational difficulties. Mesa County relies on Federal funding as well as State funding through the Colorado Preschool Program.
- New! SEK-CAP, Kansas
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) operates Head Start in rural southeast Kansas, with a service area covering more than 7200 square miles. This rural service area includes six counties designated as medically underserved and counties with populations so sparse that the Federal government still considers them “Frontier”. SEK-CAP’s Head Start program serves 900 children and their families in both center and home based options along with fifteen partnered childcare providers. The Pyramid Model has been sustained throughout the program since 2001, and they have worked with CSEFEL as a Program in Excellence (PIE) to develop tools for the 3-5 Pyramid model. Children, age birth to three, and their families participate in Early Head Start in their home as well as in four centers.
Submit Your Program to TACSEI
Pyramid Model implementation is occurring across the country in many different settings and programs. If your program has developed a presentation or publication to share with others about your experiences, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be reviewed for potential posting on the TACSEI web site.
BalSwan Children's Center, Broomfield, CO
Take a look at how this center in Colorado is implementing the Pyramid Model. Visit the Bal Swan website or visit the Bal Swan page on YouTube to learn more about this program. BalSwan is a Pyramid Plus certified site.