Social-Emotional Development: Training and Coaching

Denver’s Early Childhood Council offers professional development on a wide variety of topics related to social-emotional early development and learning.

All of our training offerings are customizable to the needs of each program, educator or team that we work with.

Essential Social Skills

Approaches that early childhood education programs should practice!

We offer workshops and coaching on evidence-based practices that will reduce challenging behavior and support positive behavior in the classroom or child care setting.



Schedules, Routines & Transitions Classroom Rules & Expectations



Teaching Children Social Skills Developing Emotional Literacy



Calming Down & Problem Solving Friendship Skills & Peer Relationships


These are some of the more common social-emotional learning programs that we provide training on.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a program of self-regulation and problem-solving skills that benefits adults as well as children. The approach enables educators to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation into everyday activities.

Pyramid Plus Colorado Modules

An 18-session training covers all levels of the Pyramid: universal, targeted and intervention strategies. This training meets requirements for Child Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) and is an approved course in the Colorado Shines PDIS.


A simple, compassionate, strength-based, common-sense and effective four-step process to address children’s day-to-day challenging behavior. FLIP IT® was created by Devereaux Center for Resilient Children.

Parents and Providers Learning Together

Customized training and coaching in which parents and teachers learn and practice together.

The Most Important Tool in the Toolbox: YOU!

Can include a variety of topics like self-care, trauma-informed practice, and asking for and receiving support.

Other Topics as Needed

Our coaches work with you to create a professional development experience that meets the needs of your team.


If you have concerns about the behavior of a young child in your program, call the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Warmline at 303-245-4418.

The warmline is a free service for providers, families, and community partners. Early childhood mental health experts that staff the warmline provide an initial consultation regarding concerning or challenging behavior. They can also connect you to additional support and resources.

Phone calls will be returned within 48 business hours.

NOTE: This is not a hotline for crisis situations. If you are in crisis, please call 1-844-493-TALK (8255).


These training programs are designed specifically for program directors to support the social-emotional early development of children and the mental wellness of staff. Check our training calendar for the next scheduled session.

Challenging Behavior: the Director’s Role

  • Support staff to build knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond effectively to challenging behavior.
  • Develop a “treasure chest” of resources and information to share with staff (we provide you with an extensive starter kit of resources).

Mental Health First Aid for Directors

Would you know what to do if a staff member was exhibiting signs of a mental health challenge, such as depression or anxiety? This course will give you an understanding of how to identify common mental health issues and how you can support the mental wellness of yourself and your team.


Learn more about how we customize our training and coaching services to meet your needs.