The Pyramid Plus Center has qualified trainers to conduct Positive Solutions for Families trainings. See below for information on finding and contracting with a parent trainer.
What is Positive Solutions for Families?
The training materials provide information for families on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior. The trainings are designed to give parents general information on key strategies that may be used with all children. Sessions are not designed to offer parents specific advice for their child’s individual issues. Facilitators of the training session should be knowledgeable about local agencies and service providers that may be able to assist families who have complex support needs or children with problem behavior that requires the guidance of a professional. In the last session, parents will be offered a routine guide that offers advice for supporting their children across common family routines.
The following list of trainers are qualified to train the Positive Solutions for Families material. Centers, organizations, or communities have the option of hiring a qualified trainer. Below is a list of trainers available to contract, organized by region*. To contact anyone listed below, simply select their name to send them an email.
*For a list of Coaches and Trainers certified to coach/train the Pyramid Plus Approach, click on the Find a Coach/Trainer page.Please use the corresponding map to determine the region in which you are located. Rates and terms of each contract must be determined individually with the selected Trainer.
Click on the profile field to access each individual's email contact information.
|Eva Jankovsky||Kids First, Colorado Mountain College||Northwest||
|Jessica Smolleck||Grand Beginnings||Northwest, Front Range, Denver||
Jessica Smolleck is the School Readiness Parent Engagement Program Coordinator for Grand Beginnings in Grand County. Jessica has over 12 years’ experience in education with dual degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University in Pennsylvania. She has worked in an early education center as a lead toddler teacher for five years. For the last five years she has worked for the Early Childhood Council as a CCR&R (Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist). Her interest in supporting children who have challenging behavior was tested as the need for training in trauma came as an adopted mother of two children from the state foster care system. Jessica became a certified coach in 2014 and a certified trainer in 2016 for Pyramid Plus Approach. Jessica recently graduated from the 2015 Family Leadership Institute Cadre, provides technical assistance to early childhood providers as a QRIS navigator (Quality Rating Improvement Systems), certified ERS rater Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale), and ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionaire-3 and Social Emotional) trainer and is the director of Ready! for Kindergarten Parenting program that focuses on three main learning areas including social emotional.
|Anne Conklin||Mile High Montessori||Front Range, Denver, Northeast, South Central||
Anne Conklin, email@example.com; Certified Pyramid Plus Approach and Positive Solutions for Families trainer and Early Childhood program consultant. Available in Front Range, Denver, Northeast, Southeast, and South Central areas of Colorado.
|Lacey Mailman||Early Childhood Options||Northwest, Front Range, Denver||
Lacey Mailman, firstname.lastname@example.org; Community and Family Support Specialist. Available in the Northwest, Denver and Front Range regions of Colorado to: facilitate the Pyramid Plus Approach training; facilitate Positive Solutions; facilitate program and community leadership teams.
|Jennifer Werner||With Ease, LLC||Northwest, Front Range, Denver, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, Southwest||
Early Childhood Specialist. Available in the Front Range including Boulder, Adams, Denver, Broomfield and Weld Counties to: Provide Pyramid Plus Approach training and coaching in infant, toddler and preschool classrooms as well as in the home. Consult teams on Positive Behavior Support plans. Provide TPOT and TIPITOS and facilitate program implementation of inclusion and Pyramid Plus Approach.
|Sara Flansburg||Fisher Early Learning Center||Denver|
|Dora Fernandez Perez||The Resource Exchange||Denver, South Central, Southeast||
Dora Fernandez is a Certified Pyramid Plus Coach, T-POT Reliability Certified and has a Certificate in PTR-YC. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish. Dora is a native of Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish fluently. She began working with infants and toddlers six years ago. In 2012 she received her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Her love of teaching lead her to learn about Pyramid Plus. Currently she is a member of the Pyramid Plus Leadership Team in Colorado Springs, she is a Developmental Interventionist for The Resource Exchange where she provides in home therapy services for children (0-3) with developmental delays and/or disabilities and she coaches four teachers in the daycare. Dora is passionate about working with children, teachers and families.
|Geneva Torr||Gingerbread House||South Central, Southeast|
|Lynelle Denton||Authentic Learing International LLC||Northwest, Front Range, Denver, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, Southwest||
Bi-Lingual Early Childhood and Home Visiting Consultant. Available in all regions of Colorado offering flexible days and times to: facilitate Positive Solutions for Families Training in English or Spanish; coach in Home Visiting and Early Childhood Programs; provide follow up support for Home Visiting and Early Childhood Programs.
|Olivia Fisher||Poudre School District||Northwest, Front Range, Denver||
Olivia Fisher, MAEd Oliviabrownfisher@gmail.com. Bilingual educator. Available in the Front Range, Denver and Northwest regions of Colorado to: facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families Training in Spanish and English.
|Sheri Amen||Step by Step||Northwest, Front Range, Denver, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, Southwest|
|Julie Roberts||Bao Swan Children's Center||Front Range, Denver||
Julie brings understanding and enthusiasm to the Positive Solutions for Families training, drawing from classroom, and life experiences. She has been working in early childhood education for over 23 years including 8 years at Bal Swan, a demonstration site for Pyramid Plus.
|Beth Chilson||Poudre School District||Front Range|
|Carly Nixon||Early Childhood Options||Front Range, Denver, South Central||
Carly Nixon, email@example.com; Family Engagement Specialist for Summit County Head Start 0-5. Available in Denver, Front Range, Northwest, South Central to: facilitate Positive Solutions for Families Training in English and/or Spanish
|Teri Bierman||Family Flex||Denver||
Early Childhood Preschool Trainer. Available in the Denver Metro area of Colorado to: facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families Training; coach in infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms; facilitate program and community leadership teams.
|Chuck Thompson||Colorado Boys Ranch (CBR) Youth Connect||Denver|
|Rene Sasse||Early Connections Learning Centers||Denver, South Central, Southeast||
firstname.lastname@example.org Education Specialist/Coach. Available to train the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas to facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families Training, coach infant, toddler, preschool classrooms and family child care homes.
|Julie Brecto||Building Blocks Executive Coaching||Denver||
Executivecoaching.email@example.com, Julie Brecto, Quality Improvement Coach. Available in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas to: facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families training, coach infant, toddler, preschool classrooms and family child care homes.
|Jennifer Ingerman||CPCD||South Central|
|Amberly Gallagher||CPCD/MS & Tapestry Family Counseling||South Central, Southeast||
Amberly Gallagher, Ms/MFTc, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marriage and Family Therapist and Early Childhood Behavioral Health Consultant. Available in Southern Colorado to: facilitate Positive Solutions for Families training and certified to coach in Pyramid Plus in preschool classrooms and childcare facilities.
|Angelia Canales Stoll||Poudre School District||Front Range||
|Sobia Khan||Bright Beginnings Learning||Denver||
|Kendra Barney||Sheridan Co School District #1||Wyoming||
|Jamie Merrion||Parents on Duty||Front Range, Denver||
Jamie Merrion, Parents on Duty. Parenting Coach and Facilitator for Positive Solutions for Families. Available to coach individuals, families, groups or provide one-time seminars to help parents raise children confidently.
|Tina Esquibel||Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley||South Central||
Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley
|Maggie Ginnetti||Pikes Peak United Way||Denver, South Central, Southeast||
Maggie Ginnetti, email@example.com; Early Childhood Specialist, Colorado State certified trainer. I bring over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood field, as well as, personal experience of raising a large family into my trainings. I am available to the Colorado Springs, Teller, Elbert and Denver areas for the Positive Solutions for Families training, along with many other trainings to help teachers and administrators make connections to the families and children they serve!
|Nicole Donatto||The Resource Exchange||South Central||
Nicole Donatto, firstname.lastname@example.org; Developmental Interventionist, Pyramid Plus Coach, Positive Solutions for Families Trainer, Spanish Interpreter. Available in the South Central and Southeast regions of Colorado to facilitate coaching for infant/toddler and preschool classrooms implementing Pyramid strategies and as a Positive Solutions for Families trainer individual families or groups of families interested in learning effective research based practices to make parenting easier.
|Dustin Elliot||Fremont County Head Start||South Central, Southeast||
Dustin Elliott, email@example.com; Education/ Mental Health Manager at Fremont County Head Start. Available in Fremont County and surrounding areas to facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families training.
|Kristi Maida||Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School||South Central||
Kristi Maida, firstname.lastname@example.org; Educator, PPA Trainer Candidate, Adjunct Professor and parent of twins! Available in Colorado Springs and South Central regions of Colorado to: facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families Training. Kristi holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and over fifteen years' experience in early and elementary education.
|Adriana Salcido||Early Childhood Options||Front Range|
|Phyllis Lucas||Qualistar Colorado||Front Range, Denver||
Phyllis Lucas, email@example.com; Quality Improvement Coordinator, Qualistar Colorado. Available for the Denver Metro Area and Front Range to facilitate the Positive Solutions for Families Training.
|Kristy Whitaker||Front Range|