our team

As a team, we have collective experience in early learning, health and well-being, and family support including leadership, practice, policy, and research. Each day, we work to influence and support meaningful change in the lives of early childhood and health professionals, families, and children.

taran schneider

taran schneider

executive director

(507) 951-5072


jennifer stucklen

jennifer stucklen

program coordinator

(303) 339-6801


theresa rapstine

theresa rapstine

health consultation coordinator

(303) 339-6811


becky edwards

becky edwards

early childhood Specialist

(303) 339-6816


board of directors

Mandy Allison, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s School Health Program

Sarah Davidon, Ed. D.
Mental Health Colorado
University of Colorado’s School of Medicine & JFK Partners

Tami Havener, Treasurer
Executive Director
Family Development Center, Discovery Learning Center, 
Newborn and Child Care Networks

Cathy Devaney, Secretary
Devaney Financial

Krista Scott
Senior Director
Child Care Aware of America

steering committee

Sarah Blumenthal, RN, MSN                                                                 Colorado Department of Education

Samantha Espinoza, MSW                                                                    Colorado Children’s Campaign

Carin Rosa                                                                                                     Colorado Department of Human Services

Jennifer Dellaport, MPH, RDN                                                             Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment

Christine Perreault, MHA, RN, NCSN                                            Children’s Hospital Colorado

Emily Wengrovius, MS                                                                             Colorado Department of Human Services