What is the Early Childhood Council?
The Alliance for Kids Council is a collaborative group of people from community organizations, early care and education programs, schools, higher education, local government, County Departments, businesses, the health and mental health sector, and the community of El Paso County – all concerned with the well-being of young children and families. The Council serves as the infrastructure for a community early childhood system; engages community partners in an open coalition framework to make decisions, implements new programs to meet community needs and fills in gaps to produce positive outcomes for children.
The Council serves as the oversight committee for Alliance for Kids. Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families serves as the fiscal agent. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood is the governing entity of all Early Childhood Councils in Colorado.
Responsibilities of the Council
The Council meets quarterly and is responsible for the development and approval of the annual budget and Strategic Plan; it approves the goals, mission, vision and overarching strategies related to Strategic Plan as well as approves Executive Committee membership.
Committees of the Council
The Executive Committee of the Council functions as the advisory committee for the Council and includes two Co-Chairs, each Sub-Committee Chair, the Fiscal Agent President/CEO, the Council Coordinator, and three Community Members-at-Large.
Three Council sub-committees focus on the three Colorado Early Childhood Framework areas: Learning & Development, Health and Well-Being, and Family Support & Education.
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