Pyramid Colorado

Since 2020, we have served as the hub for Pyramid implementation in Colorado. We work on the local, state, and national level to strengthen awareness and support for early childhood social and emotional well-being.

Pyramid Institute Day

Join us for the first annual Colorado Pyramid Institute!

This is a special day for Colorado’s Pyramid Network to come together for learning, networking, and to celebrate our collective work! Everyone who is implementing or interested in implementing the Pyramid Model or Pyramid Plus Approach is invited to the first annual Colorado Pyramid Institute Day!

At the Colorado Pyramid Institute, you will receive national and state-level updates, connect with national Pyramid Model guests, hear Pyramid Facilitator stories from the field, meet the 53 Pyramid Facilitators from Cohorts 1 and 2, and celebrate the first annual Colorado Pyramid Model Champion Award recipient!

October 4, 2022
Institute: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center



The Colorado Pyramid Plus Center has transitioned to Healthy Child Care Colorado. Through support from the Buell Foundation and a Transition Team of stakeholders, we are continuing to shepherd this transition and plan for the future sustainable programming in this vital component of Colorado’s growing and evolving early childhood mental health system.

Pyramid Colorado supports the social-emotional development and inclusion of all children ages birth through five by promoting and expanding evidence-based Pyramid practices in Colorado.


The Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model is a collaborative professional development system that fosters and sustains evidenced-based practices to support the social-emotional development and inclusion of children. 

The Pyramid Model builds upon a tiered public health approach to providing universal support to all children to promote wellness, targeted services to those who need more support, and intensive services to those who need them.

Pyramid Colorado Overview

Early childhood professionals across the state can become certified trainers and coaches in the Pyramid Approach, working with child care centers, preschools, and other organizations to embed the model into their work with children, ages birth to 5.

We offer training and professional development to Pyramid trainers and coaches, administer certification, build a community of practice for trainers and coaches, and promote the Pyramid approach statewide.

Desired Results:

  • Statewide, high-fidelity use of the Pyramid Model has increased.
  • Pyramid trainers, coaches, and programs are prepared, supported, and motivated to improve their social and emotional and inclusion policies and practices.
  • Pyramid Colorado’s infrastructure is strong and supportive of communities and programs.
  • Pyramid Colorado is part of a comprehensive preschool through third-grade approach.

Leadership Structure

Our leadership structure collaborates to provide insight, context, expertise, and guidance to Healthy Child Care Colorado on matters of programming, research, opportunities, funding, and systems alignment. We aim to ensure Pyramid-related efforts maintain relevance, meaning, and utility in local, state, and national contexts.

State Leadership Team Members

The State Leadership Team includes the following members: 

  • Chris Henager, Fremont County Head Start  
  • Heather Craiglow, Office of Early Childhood 
  • Debbie Kunz, Bal Swan  
  • Kathleen Merritt, Bright Futures 
  • Melissa Caron, Early Connections  
  • Marcia Blum, Department of Education 
  • Virginia Kile, Consultant  
  • Dr. Rebecca Vlasin, University of Colorado Denver 
  • Dr. Stacy Howard, Buell Foundation 
  • Heather Blanco, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County 
  • Lisa Matter, Office of Early Childhood 

Healthy Child Care Colorado Staff:  Taran Schneider, Robin Levy, Becky Edwards
Pyramid State Leadership Team Advisors: Rob Corso, Dr. Phil Strain, Kelly Jo Wilson 

Program Content Workgroup

Membership of the Program Content Workgroup will be maintained to ensure relevance of statewide programming to implementers and integration of content into broader systems. The Program Content Workgroup will include the following members. Additional participants may be called upon to join Team meetings throughout the process. 

  • Robin Levy, Healthy Child Care Colorado
  • Becky Edwards, Healthy Child Care Colorado
  • Nicole Donatto, The Edification Station
  • Daisy Thomson, Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families
  • Stephanie Bivins, Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families
  • Jennifer Coggin, Ability Connection Colorado
  • Alisha Emile, Primrose DTC
  • Donna Salvador, Trainer/Coach/Facilitator
  • Jennifer Young, Early Childhood Options
  • Kelly Esch, Early Childhood Network