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Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL)

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Please contact Sarah Nadiv at or 410-706-5764 for more information.

The Teaching Pyramid Model for Supporting Social and Emotional Competence is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for children birth through five and their caregivers developed by two national, federally-funded research and training centers. The model is supported by extensive training materials, videos and print resources.

In Maryland, SEFEL is being implemented in a variety of early childhood settings, including early care and education and elementary schools, through a multi-agency effort led by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Institute is assisting MSDE in the development of a SEFEL initiative in Maryland. As part of that initiative, The Institute is creating a SEFEL fidelity and outcomes monitoring system for the state of Maryland. The system is being designed to provide the necessary data to help improve training and implementation efforts. This will ideally move programs to implement SEFEL in a more standardized way. The SEFEL Project will build upon the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Outcomes Monitoring System to allow SEFEL coaches and UMB staff to enter in tracking and assessment data. This will reduce the amount of time needed to maintain a tracking database, reduce SEFEL coach/program burden, and eliminate the need for duplicate data entry. The website will collect information about: the number and type of programs implementing SEFEL, the quality and amount of training programs implementing SEFEL have (moving toward a standardization of training qualifications), the stage of implementation and fidelity to the SEFEL model, and child-specific outcomes.

The Institute also has developed on-line training modules for SEFEL, including pre- and post-tests, targeted towards mental health consultants, clinicians, and early care and education providers. In addition, SEFEL resources are free and available to all on the website.

Click here to link to the SEFEL site hosted by the Institute.

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