The Children’s Center Utah Connection

December 2022 | Vol.9

Dear Friends, 

What a wonderful season of joy and gratitude! All of us at The Children's Center Utah appreciate your generosity in support of our mission to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

Today, we share our deepest thanks for your commitment to The Children's Center Utah during our 60 years of history!

In this issue, we invite you both to celebrate our past and envision a bright future filled with hope and healing for Utah children and families.

Happy Holidays,

Rebecca J. Dutson

President and CEO

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Board Retreat

The Board of Directors approved The Children’s Center Utah's new strategic plan and adopted the organization’s first-ever Core Values statement at its annual retreat in September. The retreat also included Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging training by board member Theresa Martinez, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and former Assistant Vice President for Academic Outreach at the University of Utah. Members of the Executive Leadership Team joined the retreat in person to strategize for the coming year. 


Compassion: We harness the power of our caring and passion to help others heal and thrive.

Relationships: We build trusting and authentic relationships through commitment and integrity, which are the foundation of our work.

Courage: We dare to speak for those who cannot and advocate for what is just even when we are alone in doing so.

Continuous Improvement: We continue to evolve, improve, and learn as we strive to achieve the extraordinary.

Trauma-Informed Culture: We acknowledge lived experiences and are committed to safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, to support a trauma-informed culture.

The Children's Center Utah's Board of Directors

Board Chair, Kathleen Pitcher Tobey

and President and CEO, Rebecca Dutson

2022 Most Powerful Women in Banking

Congratulations to Board Member Jennifer Smith for being named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for 2022!

Jennifer is EVP, Chief Technology and Operations Officer at Zions Bancorp, and was recognized for leading a seven-year tech transformation. Jennifer incorporated robotic process automation to speed up and make more accurate transactions, and, in the last year, launched a diversity pipeline task force to explore what changes may be needed to recruit new talent to Zions. Congratulations, Jennifer!


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Ready! Resilient! Summit 

Thank you to everyone who attended the 3rd annual

Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit, presented by Governor Spencer J. Cox and First Lady Abby Palmer Cox on November 17.


Special thanks to the keynote speaker, panelists, and stakeholders for their advocacy and support to increase awareness about infant and early mental health throughout the state of Utah.


Next year, the event will include both in-person and virtual options!

ASL Interpreter  | Speakers Governor Spencer J. Cox and First Lady Abby Cox

ASL Interpreter  | Keynote Speaker Jessica Pryce, PhD, MSW

National Governors Association

Meeting in Utah

On October 19, President and CEO Rebecca Dutson spoke on the Youth Mental Health Panel: Raising Resiliency at the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting in Utah!

This session highlighted the current state of youth mental health and the overall challenges of prevention and building resilient youth, particularly considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is NGA Chair and Governor Spencer Cox is the incoming Chair.

Other panelists included:

  • Dr. Adriane Galvan, Professor of Psychology at UCLA
  • Kristina Benoist, Associate Director of the IDONTMIND Program, Mental Health America,

and Moderator:

  • Kana Enomoto, Director of Brain Health, McKinsey Health Institute.

The Importance of Attachment

On September 17, Dr. Jennifer Mitchell spoke at Utah's Annual Judicial Conference.

Dr. Mitchell gave an introduction to Infant Early Childhood Mental Health with an emphasis on attachment and attunement and what can happen to children when attachment with parents/caregivers is disrupted.

Thank you, Dr. Mitchell, for representing

The Children's Center Utah and the work we provide.


Penny Dalrymple, daughter of Founder Agi Plenk, PhD attends the anniversary celebration with her husband, Paul, and friend Susan Dickinson.

60th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration

In September, The Children’s Center Utah kicked off its year-long celebration with an open house reflecting on the past, present, and future!

From humble beginnings in a community church 60 years ago, The Children’s Center Utah has grown to employ more than 100 compassionate experts who are dedicated to improving young children’s lives.

Today, The Children’s Center Utah serves more than 1,200 children, their families, and caregivers every year.

Thank you for being a part of

The Children’s Center Utah’s rich history

and bright future! 

TCCU in 60 Seconds Video

Amare Convention October 14, 2022

Amare is an active partner of

The Children's Center Utah, launching its Round Up for Love campaign in 2021, where a portion of its sales comes to TCCU!


During the company's annual convention, Amare presented an additional check for $30,000 to Rebecca Dutson in support of

The Children’s Center Utah’s work!

Thank you to Hiep Tran, Founder of Amare Global, TCCU board member and Amare CEO, Jared Turner, and all Amare brand partners who made this possible!

Rebecca was honored to speak at the Amare Convention to more than 2,000 brand partners.


Hope & Healing

Online Fundraiser

The Children’s Center Utah’s first Hope & Healing online fundraiser finished with incredible success! Committed donors and generous matching sponsors generated over $115,000 in 60 hours, nearly doubling the $60,000 goal set for the campaign. What a way to celebrate 60 years!


Thank you for being a part of this outstanding campaign! Whether you donated, shared posts on social media, or spread the word to your networkYOU made this possible for

The Children’s Center Utah!


Special Thanks to Our Matching Sponsors Stephen G. and Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation, The Shari and Jerry Seiner Family Charitable Fund, HJ and BR Barlow Foundation, and our event sponsor Green Dot Bank.

All Staff Meeting

The Children’s Center Utah’s all-staff meeting in November included celebrating milestone anniversaries for several team members and launching The Children's Center Utah's Core Values statement.

The team also reflected on the importance of gratitude. Appreciation was expressed for the passion and commitment the team brings to helping others heal and thrive.


"Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don't forget to lift someone up," - Roy T. Bennett

Host a Jewelry Sorting Party!

The Children’s Center Utah’s 10th Annual Jewelry Luncheon is just a couple of months away! Can you help sort and price hundreds of pieces of jewelry? This is such a fun way to get a group together for a good cause: think girls’ night out, church group, or family activity.


If you are interested in hosting a jewelry sorting party, contact Mary at


For more information on our 10th Annual Jewelry Luncheon at Little America on March 1, 2023, click here.



Donations Needed

Help make the holiday season merry and bright for families! 

The Children’s Center Utah is collecting holiday gifts for children who participate in Therapeutic Preschool.


Here is a very special Amazon wishlist!

View Amazon Wishlist

Thank you to numerous individuals and the following businesses who already supported this initiative:

Alta Commercial, Amare Global and Kyani, Salt Lake Community College, and National Charity League!

Want to help wrap gifts for the holidays? Email

Partner With Us!

The Children’s Center Utah is looking for corporations, organizations, and local businesses to further strengthen infant and early childhood mental health and its many positive outcomes for our state. 


If you or your company are interested in a giving campaign or participating in an awareness campaign, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Carla Frein at

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Save the Date - 2023 Events

March 1 - 10th Annual Jewelry Luncheon 

May - Mental Health Awareness Month/Cause Marketing

May 7 to 13 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 11- National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

June 9 - SHINE Gala 

July 8 - Food Truck Face Off 

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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