Early Childhood SW-PBS


The Top 10 by 20, a major improvement effort of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, includes the following Goal: “All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school.” Programwide Positive Behavior Support or PW-PBS implementation can be a step toward reaching this goal!

While the 8 Essential components of SW-PBS are the same regardless of the ages of the children served, how these components are put in practice will look different in an Early Childhood setting. The links on the Early Childhood Sidebar sub-menus provide supplemental resources and tools specific to the Early Childhood Setting.


Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Social Stories 

A wonderful resource for examples of scripted stories, lessons, visual schedules, etc. is the website for the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/index.html. “Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think” and “I Can Be a Super Friend” are examples of scripted stories that can be used in teaching social skills, and the Book Nook is a great resource for literature that can be used in lesson planning. The Solution Kit has useful strategies that children can use to help with problem-solving.

Super friend scripted story.CSEFEL

Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think Scripted Story.CSEFEL.

Below area collection of social stories that were developed by staff members at Rock Bridge Elementary. All are in word format and can be used for any program or individualized for students requiring more customized supports.

RBE-SS-Assemblies     RBE-SS-Bathroom     RBE-SS-Bus   RBE-SS-Cafe-Respectful

RBE-SS-Cafe-Safe   RBE-SS-FieldTrip    RBE-SS-Hallway   RBE-SS-Parent-pickup-Safe

RBE-SS-Parent-pickup     RBE-SS-Playground-Respectful   RBE-SS-Playground-Safe

Visual Strategies

Center Signs    Class Visual Schedule    Cue Cards    Arrival Mini-Schedule    Center Bracelets    Center Choice Board    Center Necklaces

Progress Monitoring

EC Universal Support Checklist (adapted from MO SW-{BS Universal Checklist) The Universal Support Checklist provides a systematic process for PW-PBS Leadership Teams to use for documenting progress of Tier 1 implementation and for a jumping off point for dialog and discussion. This Early Childhood version has some additional indicators for Building Relationships with Families.

EC Self Assessment Survey (developed by MU SWPBS) The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Survey was developed for use by early childhood teachers to assess the behavioral support strategies used in their classrooms and the level of available program support to assist them in supporting students with challenging behavior.The information from this survey can be used to assess what is in place, what works, and what needs to be modified.

Early Childhood Self Assessment Scoring Spreadsheet (XLS)

  • Enter individual responses into spreadsheet; the spreadsheet will calculate scores.

Early Childhood SET (1-5-2017)


Behavior Incident Report (BIR) explanation and examples

Data collection and analysis is just as important for decision making at the Early Childhood level as it is at the K-12 level, but it might look a little different. The “Location” part of the Big 5 might include playground, cafeteria and restrooms but is most often the classroom, and knowing the routine or activity where the behavior occurred might be more useful than knowing the time. 

Designing a Behavior Incident Report System in Early Childhood Programs

EC_Data_Collection_Tool_for_PC_2016-2017(9-29-2016) (enable macros to use) The Early Childhood Data Collection Tool contains all of the indicators as the original Big 5 Generator, but with additional fields added that will be helpful for data analysis at the Early Childhood level. EC Data Collection Tool BIR

BIR example (enable macros and enter electronically)

Classroom Behavior Log

First Friends BIR Form

Behavior Incident Report

Minor form

Minor Inappropriate Behaviors (MO SW-PBS)

PBS Report Form EC (Mehlville EC)

RCA SWIS Data Form

TLCLC Behavior Incident Report


EC Series Family Engagement Checklist

“Strategies for Building Relationships with Children, Families, and Colleagues” comes from the CSEFEL Preschool Module 1 and contains many great ideas for the Early Childhood Educator to use when building relationships. CSEFEL Building Relationships (PDF)

One way to involve families and improve communication with families about your program’s PBS process is to help parents complete and implement a Home Matrix to use with their children. Home Matrix (pptx)

Each classroom at the Kirksville Early Childhood Learning Center has Parent Information displayed to help parents keep up to date with what their children are learning and experiencing at the Center.

Parents at Neosho Field Early Childhood Center can write a “Wildcat Wow” recognizing their child’s appropriate behavior at home. These are then read over the intercom at school and displayed on a bulletin board for all to see!  WCW Explanation (DOCX)  Wildcat Wow Form (PDF)