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.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

“Infant and early childhood mental health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to 5 years old to form close and secure adult and peer relationships; experience, manage and express a full range of emotions; and explore the environment and learn all in the context of family, community and culture.”

– Zero to Three


Spring Symposium

This spring, the Maryland SEFEL Pyramid Model delivered the first one-day symposium for teachers, childcare providers, support staff, administrators, and mental health consultants working preschool children and their families across the state.


Presentations throughout the day covered the broad range of the Pyramid Model, and all things related to social emotional development, including: trauma-informed teaching, aligning Pyramid Model practices with a tiered IECMH consultation system, engaging and supporting families, and using coaching cycles to support implementation in the classroom.


For a brief glance at the symposium, watch the video below and download the presentation slides.

Maryland Pyramid Model Spring Symposium 2019 highlights

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