Implementation Is Hard: PBIS in Early Childhood Programs

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe and apply planning measures to prevent and account for potential barriers to successful implementation of system-wide behavior programs.
  2. develop relevant data collection procedures, establish criteria of success, and utilize results to inform future decision-making.
  3. design direct and indirect service models involved in the implementation of multi-tiered system of support.


Effective implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) leads to beneficial outcomes for children in early childhood settings. This case study involves 13 Early Head Start and Head Start sites as they actualize the Pyramid Model (PBIS framework for early childhood). This multiyear implementation process focuses on a team of mental health professionals (including graduate students in school psychology and applied behavior analysis) assisting practitioners to deepen understanding, improve service delivery, and ensure an effective system-wide approach.



Leonora Ryland, Baylor University
Janice Tang, Baylor University
Tabitha N. O'Neal, Baylor University
Kristen L. Mainor, Baylor University


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