Welcome to the fifth issue of the IECMHC Newsletter! As we start thinking about the upcoming school year it is important to reflect on how we are supporting the social-emotional development of all the children in our classrooms.
As educators, we often focus on the curriculum and academic aspect of Early Childhood Education (ECE). However, the social-emotional needs of the children in our classroom permeate all parts of the day. By taking the time to plan how to teach and support the emotional needs of the children, teachers will set up their classroom for success and prevent challenging behaviors.
In this issue, we will provide an overview of the Pyramid Model which serves as the foundation for our IECMH Consultation program. The Pyramid Model helps ECE professionals and families to enhance social and emotional learning of young children with confidence and competence in the real world. Both IECMH Consultation and the Pyramid Model focus on the critical importance of positive relationships, building the capacity of professionals and families, promoting children’s social and emotional development, and preventing and addressing challenging behavior.
In the coming months, we will take a deeper dive into each tier of the Pyramid Model.