Colorado Foundations/
Fundaciones de Colorado


Colorado Foundations (Fundaciones de Colorado) is CoAIMH’s 8-Module foundational training for infant and early childhood professionals. The course is unique in its ability to promote a shared understanding and common language of infant and early childhood mental health principles to all professionals who touch the lives of infants and toddlers and their families. In doing so, Colorado’s early childhood community will be equipped and locally partnered to provide a continuum of high-quality, consistent infant and early childhood mental health supports to children and families.

(PLEASE NOTE that Colorado Foundations is not intended to replace advanced clinical knowledge and training that would prepare a professional to provide evidenced-based clinical treatment.)

The intended audience of the course is early intervention providers and service coordinators, early care and education providers, home visitors, public health nurses, and other early childhood providers. Further, the curriculum content supports the Competencies associated with the Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®), which facilitates the growth of necessary knowledge for those professionals seeking the IMH-E® and ECMH-E®. The complete training offers approximately 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Colorado Foundations is presented in-person or online. The course can be delivered in a format that best meet the needs of the community:

  • 10-week/month learning collaborative (One module per session) and Reflective Journal
  • 3-Day Intensive (2-3 sessions per day. Doesn’t have to be held consecutively)
  • Individual Self Pace Cohort (3 months)

For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Patrice Brown at

If your organization is interested in hosting a Colorado Foundations or Fundaciones de Colorado Course, please complete the Host Application.

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Colorado Foundations Host Counties

CO Foundations/Fundaciones de Colorado Trainers
*Bilingual (Spanish-speaking)

The following IECMH professionals have been trained on the curriculum and receive regular technical assistance from CoAIMH:

*Elisa Aucancela: Douglas/Denver Metro
Colleen Bredell: Arapahoe
*Luisanna Chavez: Jefferson/Adams/Denver Metro
Emily Fried: Boulder/Denver Metro
Mariah Hofmeister: Boulder
*Alejandra Lopez: Jefferson/Denver Metro
Emily McNeil: Jefferson/Denver Metro
*Buffy Trent: Larimer
Julia Zabolio: Pueblo


Course Overview

Module 1: Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Goal: Setting the stage for learning about infant and early childhood mental health

Module 2: Understanding the Importance of Culture in Infant Mental Health
Goal: The role of culture in childhood development

Module 3: Child and Family Development
Goal: Developmental milestones and implications for infant and early childhood mental health

Module 4: Relationships
Goal: Relationships as a vehicle for infant and early childhood mental health and well-being

Module 5: Building a Brain – Biology and Environment
Goal: The connection between brain development and infant and early childhood mental health

Module 6: Early Adversity and Toxic Stress
Goal: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how bodies respond to stress

Module 7: Self-Care
Goal: Self-care for early childhood professionals (based extensively on the work of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children)

Module 8: Reflective Practice
Goal: How and why to engage in reflective practice


Thank you to our sponsors

“CoAIMH creates opportunities for early childhood professionals to reflect, learn and grow.”

“CoAIMH has been the glue to keeping me grounded in Infant Mental Health, providing access to longstanding professional development, and reflective supervision. This Through CoAIMH, I continue to develop my awareness and grow my capacity to work with and support building strong and healthy relationships with the children and families I work with as well as the professional educators who care for infants and toddlers in our Early Care and Education system.”

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