FCIC (FL UCEDD) Receives National Center Award from OSERS

November 13, 2017

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at the University of South has received $5.5 million from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education to establish a national technical assistance center focused on positive social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for young children with, and at risk for, disabilities. The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations will assist states, early childhood programs, and professionals in their implementation of a promotion, prevention, and intervention model to improve young children's social emotional competence and reduce challenging behavior.

Dr. Lise Fox will provide leadership to the national team of researchers and technical assistance providers who will help states and local programs with their implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. The University of South Florida will be working in partnership with the University of Colorado-Denver and Vanderbilt University to operate the Center. The Center's leadership team includes: Dr. Lise Fox (University of South Florida), Barbara J. Smith (University of Colorado-Denver), Phillip S. Strain (University of Colorado-Denver), and Mary Louise Hemmeter (Vanderbilt University).