The Children’s Center Connection Vol. 3
May 2021
Letter from Rebecca Dutson, President and CEO
Dear Friends,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and – like many of you – we have been reflecting and discussing the state of our communities' mental health over the course of the past year. While it’s not behind us quite yet, there is a noticeable path through the COVID-19 Pandemic, with vaccinations widely distributed and at least a tiny sense of normalcy appearing on the horizon.

We are feeling positive about what this means for the families we serve. As things begin to stabilize, we are able to serve more families who may be in a position to rebuild after a tumultuous year. We look forward to serving more children and their families as we collectively start to heal. I hope you'll join us in bringing awareness to mental health this month, and every month hereafter. Thank you again for your support of our work.
President and CEO
HB 337 Children's Mental Health Amendments Becomes Law
We want to thank our elected officials for their dedication to mental health during this most recent legislative session. We want to give special thanks to Representative Steve Eliason and Senator Ann Millner for their sponsorship of HB 337, Children's Mental Health Amendments.

This legislation creates an opportunity to train early childhood professionals in rural and urban areas throughout the state and will also increase knowledge comfort levels of these professionals in addressing the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families.

We were thrilled that HB 337 passed through the House and Senate with unanimous support, and we were honored to host Governor Cox and Lieutenant Governor Henderson at The Children's Center to sign this momentous legislation.
The Children's Center Matches with Four Incredible Interns
We were thrilled to match with four incredible Psychology Interns for the 2021-2022 school year. We want to introduce you to these amazing interns, joining us from across the United States!

Carianne Archer comes to us from Florida where she attends the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She has experience in community mental health outpatient clinics, a child and adolescent hospital stabilization unit, an exceptional learning center, and in private practices and non-profit practices, as well as providing recreational therapy. Trauma-informed care and high-risk behaviors are some of the areas that she is passionate about treating. Her dissertation title is “The impacts of social media on the mental health of adolescents and how it is being evaluated.”

Diana Diaków is originally from Poland and attends the University of Montana. She joins us with a wealth of training and experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, including doing clinical work in international refugee camps. She is trained in providing services in English, Spanish, Polish, and Slovak. Her dissertation title is “Refugee youth's mental health and resilience during displacement.”

Claudia Rodriguez is joining us from California and attends Alliant IU/CSPP-San Francisco. Her training focuses on early childhood and treating complex trauma. She provides therapy and assessment in Spanish as well as English. She also has experience in early intervention and school-based interventions, as well as training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Her dissertation title is “How religious cognitions influence the sexual development of Latina emerging adults.”

Rachel Younger is coming from Tennessee and the University of Memphis, where her academic area of focus is Early Intervention/Developmental Disabilities. Rachel is passionate about treating complex trauma in children and families. Her past placement experiences include working at a trauma-focused community mental health clinic, with pregnant mothers exposed to domestic violence, and as an Applied Behavioral Analyst (ABA). Her dissertation title is “Academic Grit and other Non-Cognitive Factors impact on Middle School Academic Achievement.”

We look forward to having them join our team in the fall!
Events at The Children's Center
We had a wildly successful virtual Jewelry Luncheon on March 5. 197 virtual attendees and 88 new supporters. Total raised $129,775! Thank you to our guests, donors, and friends for supporting our work!
Join us for our free virtual SHINE Gala on Friday, June 4, 2021. And, for those who are comfortable, you can join us for a small open house and auction item sneak peek on Wednesday, June 2. Thank you to Event Chairs Greg and Andrea Summerhays and our sponsors for their support. For more information about the SHINE Gala Experience, or to purchase tickets to the open house, visit All donations matched dollar for dollar up to $80,000!
Earth Day Cleanup________________ Call for Jewelry Donations
Our staff joined outdoor preschool,
The Child's Element, and hit the trails after work for a trail cleanup to celebrate Earth Day this year! Special thanks to our Mindfulness and Social Justice Committee for organizing a fun and meaningful gathering!
Yes, we just wrapped up another successful Jewelry Luncheon, and we have our eyes set on next year! We take donations year-round. If you have a donation you'd like to make, contact Mary Burchett at
Community Corner
Thank you to the amazing volunteers from Larry H. Miller Super Ford who braved wind and rain to help us put down new wood chips for our playground!
We have an exciting new partnership with It's not a gallery. The Founder, Kade Clemensen, is dedicated to children's mental health and has some exciting ideas for the future! The first exhibit at their new location was on April 24, and a portion of the art sales benefits The Children's Center! Check out Kade's amazing work at
We have partnered with Sweet Rolled Tacos, located in The Gateway, for Mental Health Awareness Month. For the entire month of May, when you purchase a specialty children's taco, 25% of your purchase will benefit The Children's Center.

Specialty Children's Tacos:
Spot the Feelings Taco
Sharpy the Shark Taco
Mindful the Mermaid Taco
Support the Super Hero Taco
Uplift the Unicorn Taco
I am Light Taco
Confident the Colorful Taco
Never Give Up Ninja Taco
Dynamic the Dinosaur Taco
Discovery the Dragon Taco

Follow @sweetrolledtacosutah on Instagram or Facebook for more details!