Mariposa History

Mariposa Child Success Programs, originally The Institute for Family Education, was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization.  IFE’s initial programming was focused on improving intra-family relationships. Recognizing how much time children spend with other adults at schools and in other settings, IFE expanded into providing workshops for childcare professionals, therapists and teachers. In doing so, IFE found that training parents, teachers, and counselors in parallel provides improves everyone’s effectiveness in fostering healthy growth in  children.

Renamed Mariposa in 2007, the organization has provided training to parents and educators at over eighty childcare centers and schools, as well as staff and parents involved with agencies ranging from the YMCA to the House of Ruth.

Mariposa continues to improve its programs based upon participant feedback and professional evaluations. While maintaining the integrity of our core curriculum, Mariposa customizes training programs and workshops to meet the particular needs of each specific client.


I am a
  • camp director
  • guidance counselor
  • parent
  • school lead
  • school psychologist
  • social worker
  • teacher/educator
looking for
  • training
  • training
  • training
  • training
  • a training program
  • a helpful workshop
  • one-on-one coaching
  • a way to creative a more positive school environment
  • training for parents
  • training for my staff
that will change the course of a child's life.


  • Anne Townsend, Ph.D. is President & Chief Academic Officer of Mariposa Child Success Programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Family Science, an M.A. in Psychology, and a B.A. in Anthropology. Her dissertation research at the University of Maryland focused on the impact of parenting and teaching behaviors on the long term academic achievement and development of social emotional competence in young students. In parallel with pursuing her doctoral studies, Dr. Townsend trained under Louise Guerney, Ph.D., a pioneer in the area of filial behavioral therapy. Dr. Guerney’s training became the foundation for the programs developed by Dr. Townsend for Mariposa Child Success Programs. Dr. Townsend has been involved with Mariposa Child Success Programs and its predecessors for over ten years, becoming President and Chief Academic Officer in 2007. Earlier in her career Dr. Townsend worked directly with special needs children at Kennedy Kreiger Institute and with patients at Union Memorial Hospital.

  • Jennifer M. “Jenny” Barrett, M. Ed. is a passionate leader of Mariposa training programs. Director of the First English Lutheran Preschool in Baltimore, she holds B.S. and M. Ed. degrees in Special Education from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining FELP in 2003, Jenny was a Special Educator in the Howard County school system for nine years. As a client at First English, she has led a school-wide implementation of the Mariposa model. On an annual basis, Mariposa provides in-class coaching to FELP teachers and conducts a training program for FELP parents.

Board of Trustees

  • Emried D. Cole, Jr.– Chair and Treasurer, Community leader
  • Anne Townsend, Ph.D., President and Chief Academic Officer
  • Edward Callahan, Creative Director & Co-Founder, Planit
  • Dana Di Carlo, Community leader
  • Doug Hough, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Don Scheeler, Executive Vice President, Learn It Systems
  • Susan Townsend, Ph.D., Clinical psychologist (retired)