About the Alliance for Kids

Teacher with preschool studentsThe Alliance for Kids Council brings together agencies and individuals to work collaboratively on a seamless system of care for young children and their families in El Paso County.

The AFK Council seeks to impact the local early childhood system by addressing its work in the following three areas: Learning & Development; Family Support & Education; and Health & Well-Being.

Alliance for Kids oversees a wide variety of programs, participates in community partnerships, and provides professional training and coaching designed to improve the quality of early education and child care in our region.

Our History
The Alliance for Kids was created in 1996 to ensure that all children in El Paso County have access to quality child care.

The El Paso County Department of Human Services (EPC-DHS) and local early childhood professionals developed a strategic plan and process for implementing quality early care and education programs. Over 50 key stakeholders formed the Alliance including parents, early care and education providers, school districts, higher education institutions, health organizations and community agencies.

A Pilot
In 1997, the Alliance for Kids became a Colorado Consolidated Child Care Pilot. As a Pilot Council, the Alliance was able to request waivers to rules and regulations that created barriers for children and families’ access to quality child care. The Alliance also obtained technical assistance in creating an early childhood system of care. The Pilot designation allowed the Alliance and its members to apply for additional funding which has resulted in well over five million dollars in new child care dollars flowing into the county.

Ways to get involved include joining Council, attending a committee meeting, applying for coaching or quality improvement supports, sharing our resources with others, participating in our advocacy efforts, and giving us feedback!

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