Early Childhood - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (EC-PBIS)

The Iowa Early Childhood Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (EC-PBIS) initiative involves the adoption of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Pyramid Model for facilitating the development of children’s social competence and addressing challenging behavior. This framework involves four levels of practices that represent prevention, promotion, and intervention.

The first two levels of the Pyramid describe practices that are essential for the prevention of challenging behaviors and the promotion of social competence in all children. At the foundation of the pyramid is the development of positive relationships with children, families, and staff. The second level is the use of practices that prevent problem behavior, support the engagement of all children, and support the development of social skills. The next level of the pyramid addresses strategies for intentionally teaching social and emotional skills during early childhood. The top level of the pyramid includes the use of individualized positive behavior support interventions for children who have the most persistent challenging behavior. Even when all other levels of the pyramid are in place, there are children who will need an individualized behavior support plan that includes prevention strategies, the instruction of replacement skills, and guidance on how to respond to problem behavior so that it is not maintained.


EC-PBIS State Leadership Team

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