The Children’s Center Utah Connection

April 2023 | Vol.10

Dear Mary,


As The Children’s Center Utah looks ahead to our vision of providing comprehensive services to children and families throughout Utah, we know we need more people like YOU to help pave the way with our expansion efforts. We deeply appreciate your commitment to our work, and the children and families we serve.

Please help us expand The Children’s Center Utah’s network and consider sharing our mission with your circle. We are building upon an incredible legacy of volunteers, board members, committee members, donors, and our caring and dedicated team as we increase our capacity statewide.

We continue to seek the involvement of compassionate community members who may have an interest in learning about the work of The Children’s Center Utah, or in deepening their connection to our organization with a broadened base of support.

Your commitment helps us harness the power of caring and passion to ensure children and families heal and thrive. We can only do more if we have more support.

On behalf of The Children’s Center Utah, thank you for your generosity and advocacy!

Rebecca J. Dutson

President and CEO

I Want to Get Involved

For more information contact

Amy Bosworth, [email protected].



Kathleen Pitcher Tobey with her family.

Board Chair Dedicates her Birthday

Board of Directors Chair, Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, celebrated her birthday with a service project at

The Children’s Center Utah!

Kathleen and her family created Valentine’s cards for each child who attends our Therapeutic Preschool.

Thank you, Kathleen, for making children feel seen, heard, and safe!


2023 Legislative Session

The Children’s Center Utah team was hard at work during this legislative session. In support of our goals for statewide expansion, The Children's Center Utah team members met in person at the Capitol with a number of legislators during the 45-day session, including members of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee and Executive Appropriations Committee.

The Children’s Center Utah participated in Utah Nonprofit Association Day on the Hill, we were recognized alongside other nonprofit organizations in the House of Representatives.

Bella Paolucci, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, with students at the Nonprofit Association Day on the Hill event.

Additionally, The Children's Center Utah hosted a Legislative Break in both the House and Senate chambers, where staff and Board members were able to share information on our organization with legislators. We were also pleased to host a number of the legislators’ spouses for a site visit. Members of our Clinical and Development teams presented on our programs and offered a tour to our guests.


We would like to thank our state leaders for their support and recognition of the importance of infant and early childhood mental health and the critical upstream services our team provides, as well as our Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and Board for their support throughout the session. Please watch for more exciting updates on legislative outcomes soon! 

Spouses of state legislators with Amy Bosworth, Director of Major Donor Relations, and Stephanie Warner, Government

Relations Manager.

World Association for Infant Mental Health

Congratulations to Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, BCBA-D, Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Innovation. Dr. Mitchell's paper "Meeting the Need: Utah's Pathway to IECMH Workforce Development" has been accepted for a Poster Workshop Presentation at the 18th World Congress for the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH 2023) which will take place in Dublin, in July 2023.

This international event brings together infant mental health experts from across the world to share the latest scientific research, clinical experiences, scientific knowledge, and cultural perspectives on a global scale.

We look forward to The Children's Center Utah being represented on a world stage!


Welcome, Dr. Smith!

The Children's Center Utah is excited to announce that Kyle Smith, MD, has joined our team as a full-time psychiatrist.

Dr. Smith went through the Triple Board Residency program at the University of Utah and attended the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Smith has worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and spent several years as a Mental Health Integration Psychiatrist at Intermountain Healthcare and as Medical Director for the Adolescent Residential and Day Treatment Programs at Wasatch Canyons, Primary Children's Hospital.

Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Sara Johnson, Clinical Director of the Therapeutic Preschool Program, for being recognized by Utah Business as a 2023 Forty Under 40 honoree!

Every year, Utah Business celebrates professionals who are changing Utah’s landscape. Sara has worked with young children for over a decade; she is a compassionate and fearless leader. We are proud to call her a TCCU leader!

Sara, TCCU is proud of your accomplishments and so grateful to have you as part of our team!

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Sara Johnson, Clinical Director of the Therapeutic Preschool Program, attends Forty Under 40 Awards Luncheon at the Grand America Hotel.

10th Anniversary Annual

Jewelry Luncheon

Over 400 incredible supporters filled the hallways and ballroom of Little America Hotel to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Jewelry Luncheon raising more than $183,000!

It was wonderful to have First Lady Abby Cox and her team celebrating with us! 

The event featured a silent auction, thousands of designer gems, local artisan wares, costume jewelry, and a unique opportunity drawing from O.C. Tanner Jewelers.

Thank you to the many volunteers, donors, and in-kind donors whose support continues to ensure access to infant and early childhood mental health care. Special thanks to our 2023 Co-Chairs, Jenniffer Clark and Nikki Walker.

All donations made during the event were matched up to $25,000 by the Jeffrey S. and Helen H. Cardon Foundation.

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Rebecca Dutson, President and CEO; Helen Cardon, Award Recipient; Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, Chair Board of Directors.

Inaugural Diamond Award

TCCU presented Helen Cardon with the inaugural Diamond Award. Helen founded the Jewelry Luncheon in 2013 and passionately advocates for infant and early childhood mental health.

This award will be presented annually to a community leader whose passion for changing lives and building strong communities has elevated the importance of infant and early childhood mental health.

The Jewelry Luncheon has raised over $1,000,000 in 10 years and impacted 13,000 children and families!


Students and professionals from the Bennion Center

host MLK Day of Service at our center.

Volunteers from 1-800 Contacts 

help clean toys and sort jewelry.

Explorers from Thanksgiving Point join our Therapeutic Preschool groups to teach children about bugs, animals, dinosaurs, and more!

Mothers and daughters from the National Charity League

help sort jewelry.

Volunteer with Us


Help Young Hearts SHINE at The Children's Center Utah's SHINE Gala on Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm. Registration is open! Space is limited!

If you're interested in sponsoring the SHINE Gala or would like to make an in-kind contribution to the auction, contact Mary Burchett at [email protected].

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Calling all local businesses to join the movement to spread awareness about children’s mental health during May.

Join the Movement!

  • Donate $1 from each sale
  • Round up proceeds during May
  • Place a flyer at the cash register and invite people to make a donation
  • Place a poster at your business door
  • Share our mission and posts on social media
  • Organize a volunteer drive

Interested? Contact Carla at [email protected].

Save the Date - 2023 Events

  • Thursday, May 11 - Kendra Scott, City Creek Center, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., benefiting TCCU
  • Thursday, May 11- Friday, May 12 - Kendra Scott, 48 hours of online shopping benefiting TCCU
  • Friday, May 12 - Swig Murray Fundraiser, sales benefitting TCCU by mentioning our organization name
  • Saturday, May 20 - Hopkins Brewery supporting TCCU, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 - Pizza for a Purpose, whether in-house or takeout, benefiting TCCU
  • Wednesday, June 7 - SHINE Gala, Gallivan Center, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8 - Food Truck Face Off, Liberty Park, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Your investment matters more than ever. Your generous gift helps us continue our mission to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

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