Social Emotional Learning Supports




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 of cross-walked 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

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

Join us for FREE virtual social emotional learning trainings. 



Understanding Trauma, Bouncing Back with Resilience
February 16, 2023, 1-2:30pm

Practitioners will discuss the impact of adversities and trauma through four different perspectives: the child’s lens, the adult/teacher lens, the adult/parent lens, and the family. Teachers will understand different types of stress and the impact on a child and specifically on a child's brain development and explore the meaning of resilience and strategies within a classroom that can be used to help a child develop resilience. CLICK HERE to register. 

Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development: Supporting Practitioners with Challenging Behaviors
March 16, 2023

Practitioners will learn how to successfully apply new, equitable routines, rituals, and expectations/rules that support the necessary healthy habits that will sustain the health and wellbeing of the children and adults within their programs. Participants will develop a deeper understanding with how to implement new strategies for 1 to 1 interactions when challenging behaviors arise and discover new ways to build relationships and have positive interactions with their students supporting their academic and social and emotional needs. CLICK HERE to register. 

Classroom Partnerships
April 20, 2023, 1-2:30pm

Laying a strong foundation for relationships that support effective teamwork in the early learning classroom. CLICK HERE to register.


Tier 3 Practice-Based Coaching

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


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