Pathways to Positive Connections is a collaboration between Public Health Management Corporation and FIRST UP-Champions for Children and is funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Pathways to Positive Connections

Are you looking for social-emotional supports for the children, families, and staff in your program?

Do you need…

  • timely responses to challenging behaviors in the classroom?
  • tools to expand your children’s social skills?
  • strategies to reduce turnover in your program?
  • methods to increase your teachers’ competence and confidence in trauma-informed care?

Pathways to Positive Connections is a new support for Philadelphia child care and early learning teachers and administrators to increase social emotional learning in classrooms and programs. Tiered supports of professional development, communities of practice, and practice-based coaching will be offered. Practice-based coaching will be specific to implementation of the Pyramid Model at the classroom or program level. Coaching opportunities are limited and will be available through an application process. Each tier of participation offers an opportunity to demonstrate achievement ofcrosswalked Keystone STARS standards and is open to any provider type and any STAR level.

How can you participate?

  • Tier 1 - PD webinars will cover introductory Social Emotional Learning content
  • Tier 2 - Communities of Practice will offer peer discussions on a variety of Social Emotional topics and will be provider-interest driven
  • Tier 3 - Coaching and PD will incorporate tools of the Pyramid Model framework to achieve the intended results (We are not accepting applications for Tier 3 coaching at this time.)

Within Tier 3 there are two options:

  • Option 1 -  Single preschool classroom supports that will provide coaching and PD to teacher(s) as well as an administrator within your program. Choose this option if you want to learn more about implementing Pyramid Model practices and you only want to focus on one classroom for now.
  • Option 2 - Program-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) track. Choose this option if you already have several social emotional learning strategies in place and your staff are all-in with implementation.

CLICK HERE to view the slide deck from the information sessions. 

CLICK HERE to read the FAQs from the information sessions.


Tier 1 Professional Development 

Steppingstones to Positive Connections

A FREE Social-Emotional Training Series Attend one or attend them all! Each session will be held virtually starting at 1 pm on the dates below. PQAS credit is available. 

Child Development vs. Challenging Behaviors
September 20, 2023

Elwyn: When and How to Refer
October 19, 2023

This session will discuss early intervention in PA and will emphasize how to make a local Preschool Early Intervention referral and the subsequent steps and processes that follow once a referral is made. 
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Child Observation 
November 15, 2023

We will explore the different components of observing children and practice incorporating observations and assessments into usable lesson plans. 
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January 17, 2024

Four supportive steps to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior.
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Building Relationships with Families
February 21, 2024

In the world of ECE, we are continuously working on building relationships with children and their families. Now more than ever, educators are faced with challenging behaviors in the classroom. By building relationships with both the children and their families, educators can enhance their communication and outreach within the center. 
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Family Engagement
March 20, 2024

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Teacher Wellness
April 17, 2024

Essential skills and strategies for nurturing yourself, as you nurture the hearts and minds of young children.
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Tier 2 Communities of Practice

Steppingstones to Positive Connections

Continue the conversation and explore further in our Communities of Practice. PQAS credit is available.

Child Development vs. Challenging Behaviors
October 12, 2023
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Elwyn: When & How to Refer
November 9, 2023
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Teacher Wellness
May 2, 2024
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Session 4-To be determined, stay tuned!

Tier 3 Practice-Based Coaching

We are not accepting applications for Tier 3 coaching at this time.


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