A Gap Analysis and Strategic Plan

MSDE’s Division of Early Childhood completed a gap analysis and strategic plan (available here), which includes a summary of the current state of IECMH knowledge and practices within the ECE workforce throughout the state and the current landscape of IECMH professional development system components. Implications of the findings of the gap analysis are used to provide a series of recommendations for the state as it continues to develop a professional development system to support IECMH. 

Click here to read the whole document in full page view.

The University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation, Parent, Infant, Early Childhood (PIEC) Team has been working with MSDE and Maryland Pyramid Model Cadre Members over the past year to refresh the Positive Solutions for Families parent training. This past summer, the PIEC team released the updated versions of this training and trained two cohorts of facilitators in how to facilitate parent groups in the model.
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 Click HERE to find a facilitator near you. 

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The SEFEL Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (formerly known as SEFEL – the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) is an evidence-based framework for promoting and supporting infant and early childhood mental health and social emotional development of all children.  As seen in the video above, the Pyramid Model takes a tiered public health approach to providing universal supports to all children to promote wellness, targeted supports to those at risk and intensive interventions for those who need them, all supported by an effective workforce. The Pyramid Model supports adults interacting with children in a range of settings within a range of disciplines (including early intervention providers, early educators, families and other professionals). 

To learn more about the Pyramid Model, please visit the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) and the National Pyramid Model Consortium.

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