About Us

Our respite care team

Our team at Nurturing Newborns supports and encourages the parent-child relationship through specialized care of the entire family.


About Susan

B.S. in Education, University of Nebraska.
Extensive training in the use of Facilitated Attuned Interaction (FAN) as a model of support for families with challenging infants.
2010 to present: Program Manager, Fussy Baby Network Colorado, UC Anschutz.
2009 to present: Authored and teaches a unique infant care curriculum for parents planning to adopt an infant.
Created and developed a model of respite care that is widely used in Denver and the surrounding areas.
Speaks regularly to providers in the Denver community on the use of Facilitated Attuned Interaction (FAN) as a specialized model of care.
Presented Nurturing Newborns model of respite care at the ARCH National Respite Conference in September 2022
We offer information and education to foster parents on the use of Facilitated Attuned Interactions. We discuss this model of interaction including the key components of collaboration, exploration, capacity building, empathy, and regulation and how to integrate these actions in their role as foster parents.
We provide education on the use of Facilitated Attuned Interactions and our unique model of respite care to social workers, therapists, educators, and health providers.
Nurturing Newborns provides information, case studies and education to providers who work with infants and toddlers on the benefits of in-home respite care to caregivers of fragile children. We highlight the need for respite care and brainstorm ways to fulfill this need in our community.
We collaborate with other organizations in our community to support, encourage and empower parents and caregivers of fragile children.

Awards and Accomplishments

Easter Seals/Colorado Respite Coalition Grant Recipient, 2019, 2020, 2022.
Nurturing Newborns, LLC was named one of four Most Innovative Respite Care organizations in the country in 2020 by ARCH National Respite and Resource Center.

Our Leaders

Terri Kellogg
Terri Kellogg

Terri Kellogg is the Financial Manager and Executive Assistant at Nurturing Newborns. Her responsibilities include billing, invoicing, managing funding and relationships with funding sources, and assisting Susan with day-to-day operations. Terri and her husband are the parents of 5 boys. In her free time, she enjoys baking, being outside and watching baseball. 

Jolene Mutchler

Jolene Mutchler, MEd. supports the organization as the Respite Manager. In this role, she completes new family intake, supervises respite providers and fulfills grant development. Jolene has twenty years experience in early childhood supporting systems building across organizations and direct delivery of early childhood services. She is licensed in Arizona and Colorado as an Early Childhood Special Educator with both head Start classroom and early intervention home visitation experience. Jolene believes, "Full inclusion in life begins in early childhood!" She is the sibling of a brother with Down Syndrome and mother to a teen son. Jolene enjoys going to the beach in California, pilates, hiking, creating mixed media art and baking. She has been supporting Nurturing Newborns during our evolution and expansion since 2022.


Respite Care Providers​

Nurturing Newborns, LLC currently has 11 respite care providers that work in the homes of families caring for an infant or toddler with delays, disabilities, serious illness, or complications of prematurity. They provide part-time support for parents and caregivers so that they can pause, practice self-care, and seek mental health support.

Respite Care Providers at Nurturing Newborns are experienced caregivers of infants and toddlers who receive extensive training in the use of “Facilitated Attuned Interaction” (the FAN). All respite providers are required to provide a fingerprint background check prior to providing respite care, and they receive weekly supervision.

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What our clients say

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”