How AFK is Built
Alliance for Kids is a home, built to bring agencies and individuals together to work collaboratively on a seamless system of care for young children and their families in El Paso County. (Click here for flyer.)
Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families is the roof over Alliance for Kids and two other initiatives. JI serves as the fiscal agent for AFK and employs and manages the AFK staff and follows all applicable employment law.
The State provides the building permit for Alliance for Kids, directing the Council’s Scope of Work (SOW) and Strategic Plan through legislation, policy and regulation.
Bricks – Council members come together to form the walls of the house. These public and private stakeholders are children’s service providers, community organizations, parents, business leaders, and citizens; all coming together for the purpose of developing and ultimately implementing a comprehensive system of early childhood services for children in the community to ensure school readiness. The Council meets 4-5 times per year as the voting body responsible for developing and approving the Strategic Plan and approving the annual budget. Council members serve on sub-committees.
Mortar – The AFK staff works with the Coordinator and Council members to implement the Council’s Strategic Plan and the state-mandated SOW.
Window – The Executive Committee functions as the advisory committee for the Council and includes two Co-Chairs, each Sub-Committee Chair, the Fiscal Agent President/CEO, three Community Members-at-Large, and the Council Coordinator (non-voting member).
Walls – Subcommittees meet monthly to focus on the areas of Learning & Development, Health & Well-Being, and Family Support & Education. They provide guidance to implementing the Strategic Plan and SOW. Visit the tabs on this page to learn more.
Help us build a great Council!
We invite you to become a brick! Help us build a seamless system of care for young children and their families! To learn more about becoming part of AFK Council, click here.