Program-Wide Positive Behavioral Support

Program-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PW-PBIS) is a conceptual framework for addressing challenging behaviors in early childhood. Although PAPBS was originally formed to support school-wide implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), the principles and structure are appropriate to also support program-wide implementation of PBIS in early childhood settings. Therefore, the PAPBS state leadership team has added members from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA) and the Pennsylvania Key to Quality (PA-Key). The leadership team and appropriate subcommittees are working on adapting the process that currently recruits, trains and supports school-wide network facilitators to also appropriately develop early childhood facilitators. The next training cohort of network facilitators will include early childhood facilitators. Once trained, facilitators may offer their services to other early childhood settings who are looking for coaching support.


Currently there are more than 100 early childhood settings that are implementing program-wide PBIS with state-level support to train coaches and manage data. Nearly 60 of these are involved in an Early Intervention/Early Childhood partnership project. Another 42 are implementing PBIS more independently but still accessing the state level training. These programs will be offered the opportunity to join the network as soon as the process is finalized. Joining the network will provide on-going access to state-level training and data resources as well as the opportunity to be publicly recognized for high quality implementation of program-wide PBIS.


Meet The Program-Wide Regional Facilitators

Western Region
Lisa Gragg:

Central Region
Sue Zeiders:

Eastern Region

Getting Started in Program-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions

Positive Behavior Support Resources for Early Childhood


Pyramid Model Consortium

The goal of the pyramid model consortium is to establish a sustainable system of social -emotional support, we provide training and technical assistance to states, communities,and programs. We combine our expertise and a process that is rooted in implemenation science and evidence -based practices to help infants and young children develop.

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

The National Center for Pyramid Model innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Educaiton Programs to imporve and support the capacity of state systems and local porgrams to impement an early childhood mult-tiered system  of support  to improve the social emotinal, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for developemental disabilities or delays..

PBIS Positive Interventions and Supports OSEP Technical Assistance Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Program's (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical  Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social emotional and academic outcomes for all students, includign students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.



The Pyramid Model : PBS in Early Childhood Programs and It’s Relationship to School Wide PBS

Summary of the similarities and nuances of Program Wide and School Wide PBIS

Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

A review of the research base of the Pyramid Model Framework.

The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children Fact Sheet

A summary fact sheet of the Pyramid Model Framework and Program Wide Implementation of the Pyramid Model Framework.


Reduction of Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Programs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania OCDEL Announcement on the Reduction of Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood programs.

Inclusion of All Children in Early Childhood Programs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania OCDEL Announcement on Inclusion

Online Portal

Early Intervention Technical Assistance recently developed an online portal to provide easy access to important information and major initiatives. There are resources for families and early childhood programs, and information about the home-based PBIS project as well as Program-wide PBIS.