Pyramid Model (8-Week Online Noncredit Training)

The Pyramid Model Training is a 30-hour training that focuses on supporting social and emotional competence and preventing challenging behavior in young children birth to age five.

Social and emotional competence involves a child’s ability to regulate and express emotions and form close and secure relationships. It involves skills such as self confidence, curiosity, motivation, persistence and self control. These skills are essential to healthy development and optimal learning.

This training consists of five separate units, and each unit will have a one- or two-week time frame to learn, reflect, share, discuss and apply concepts specific to that unit.


Kim Horejs, Ed.D.

Kim Horejs, Ed.D.

Kim is a retired instructor with the early childhood program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis. She holds a Doctorate of Education degree with an emphasis on leadership and adult education through Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation addressed how prepared ... read more

Who Should Attend

Early care and education professionals who support young children and their families: teachers, family providers, directors, trainers, consultants, parent educators and parents

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of relationship building as the foundation for all work with young children and families
  • Understand the foundation of brain development and attachment and its influence on children’s development
  • Learn strategies to make relationships responsive consistent and nurturing
  • Understand the importance of teaching expectations in a developmentally appropriate manner
  • Learn strategies to teach young children to meet expectations and rules
  • Understand how to use the physical environment to promote child engagement, emotional literacy, peer interactions and clear expectations.
  • Identify strategies for obtaining and maintaining children’s optimal engagement throughout group activities and during transitions
  • Use care giving routines to promote positive interactions with adults and peers.
  • Identify methods for modeling and labeling adult emotions to support children in recognizing their own emotions
  • Learn and utilize strategies to encourage children to appropriately express their feelings
  • Understand emotional regulation and strategies to support emotional regulation
  • Learn to be intentional in supporting children to develop and maintain friendships
  • Learn problem solving steps and methods to teach children to use these steps
  • Understand how to identify the ‘behavior equation’
  • Understand how to create a ‘behavior support plan’ that includes preventions, new skills and new responses


This online training is asynchronous – meaning that participation does not occur at the same time. Participants will experience rich and meaningful interactions with the instructor and other students in the online discussion forums. Participants do NOT need to be online at the same time as other other participants and do NOT need a webcam for the training.

Date: Course available Feb 4-Apr 6

Location: Online

Instructor: Kim Horejs Ed.D.

Fee: $150

CEUs: 3, CEHs: 30

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 7120-11425


Payment due in full at time of registration.

Cancellations at least 10 business days prior to program start date can receive 100% refund.

Cancellations less than 10 business days prior to program start date can have a one-time transfer of fees to another program or receive an 80% refund.

No refund or transfer of funds once the program has begun.

Registration Deadline: Thu., Jan. 17

Registration deadline has passed.

Date: Course available June 17-Aug 17

Location: Online

Instructor: Kim Horejs Ed.D.

Fee: $150

CEUs: 3, CEHs: 30

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 7120-11847

Note: Payment due in full at time of registration.

  • Cancellations through 6/10 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations from 6/11-6/20 will receive a $120 refund (80% of workshop fee).
  • Cancellations after 6/20 will not receive a refund.

Registration Deadline: Thu., May 30

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