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Impact Monadnock receives award to improve social-emotional development in children

The New Hampshire Department of Education recently awarded Impact Monadnock’s application for a multi-year, federally funded initiative that will positively impact the social and emotional development of young children in the region.

The community collaborative led by Impact Monadnock, Monadnock United Way’s signature early childhood initiative, is one of five across the state to be selected for the four-year project. The award will provide professional development training, coaching and other resources to help the community implement the Pyramid Model. The Pyramid Model is a professional development system that will assist early childhood programs in supporting the social and emotional development of all young children, including those with special needs.

Training and support will begin this summer and continue through 2022.  

“This is an incredible project for our region,” said Jill Morgan, Impact Monadnock Program Director. “Our early childhood community is primed for this opportunity. Area child care programs have been seeking additional training and coaching in Pyramid Model implementation for the past two years.”

Several community partners have committed to a leadership team that will oversee strategic planning for the four-year project. These partners include Keene School District, The Children’s Learning Center at Cheshire Medical Center/DH, Keene Day Care Center, Keene State College Child Development Center, Keene State College Early Childhood Education Program, Rise for baby and family, Southwestern Community Services Head Start and Winchester Learning Center.

The leadership team will select an initial implementation site in the coming months. Over the course of the project, the team will develop plans to support infrastructure development, data collection and analysis, and the sustainability of Pyramid Model practices.

Emily Hartshorne, principal at Keene’s Fuller Elementary School, said, “I am so excited that Pyramid Model coaching is coming to the Monadnock region.  This will be a real benefit for our community's youngest learners.”

Hartshorne said focusing on positive social and emotional development for young children has a significant impact in classrooms.

The Pyramid Model approaches are considered positive behavior intervention methods. The model is designed for teachers, caregivers and other professionals who work with young children and their families. It helps these professionals build nurturing skills, create positive learning environments and support children with challenging behavior. The project is backed by the special education departments of both the U.S. Department of Education and the New Hampshire Department of Education.

In addition to training and content coaching, the award will provide technical assistance, a data and evaluation system and opportunities for family engagement.

For more information about the grant, contact Impact Monadnock Program Director Jill Morgan at 603-352-4209 ex. 29.

Read The Keene Sentinel's story about the award here.