Professional Development

Professional Development
The Alliance Office of Professional Development (AOPD) supports the Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce with:

  • Higher Education Resources
  • Technical Assistance
  • Scholarships & Applications
  • Applications for College and Financial Aid
  • Resources and Networking for College Success

Other AOPD opportunities include

  • Early Childhood Educators Leadership Initiative (ECEL)
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Expanding Quality for Infants/Toddlers (EQIT)
  • Touchpoints
  • Trainings required for licensing, and more.

For EQIT & Scholarship Assistance:

Erica Evans
Professional Development Specialist

For Other AOPD Opportunities:

Teresa Smarsh
Quality Improvement Program Assistant

Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care

EQIT BabyThe 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive and fun activities.

The EQIT Curriculum has been approved by the Division of Child Care as one of the classes that can be used for Early Childhood Teacher (formerly Group Leader) Qualifications AND will count toward the Infant Toddler class that will be required for Director Qualifications.  Infant & Toddler teachers will have first priority in the classes; center directors will have second priority.


All sessions of EQIT are currently closed. Check back later in the summer or sign up for the PD Update to get the latest information on EQIT!

EQIT Coaching
In addition to the 48 hours of direct EQIT class time, infant and toddler participants may receive hands-on, on-site coaching using the EQIT RELATE Coaching Model. For all the details, please visit our EQIT Coaching page.

Touchpoints Individual Level Training

TouchpointsThe Brazelton Touchpoints Individual Level Training Program is a three-day seminar designed to help professionals engage around key points in the development of young children. By helping parents identify and expect bursts and regressions in child behavior (the Touchpoints) professionals can reduce parental frustration and self-doubt while fostering parenting skills and the parents  enjoyment of their child. In the process, the bond between the provider and the family is strengthened.  Because most of the Touchpoints in a child’s life occur before age three, this training is ideal for early learning professionals working with infants and toddlers.

Participants gain a solid understanding of all Touchpoints elements with the support of El Paso County’s Brazelton Touchpoints Certified Trainers. After completing this training, you will be invited to participate in El Paso County’s Touchpoints Community’s ongoing supports.

Objectives of the Course-

Participants will:

  • Understand the theories and concepts of the Touchpoints approach, with emphasis on the developmental and relational elements of parent-child-provider relationships, and their practical applications;
  • Enhance their delivery of care to families by using relationship-building strategies and communication tools based on the Touchpoints Approach;
  • Observe and participate in encounters that demonstrate the Touchpoints approach of collaborative anticipatory guidance.

For more information, please contact:

Erica Evans


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life.  Come and learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what happens early in life and later outcomes. 

  • See those you work with through a different lens
  • Reflect on how this information changes the way you interact with the
    children and adults in your classrooms.
  • Learn about caring for ourselves while providing trauma-informed care
  • Explore next steps for our community

Training Schedule:

August 1: An introduction of the concept of ACEs:  “It’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you.”

August 8: I Know About ACEs – Now what?  Using the ACEs Lens in Your Everyday Work

August 15: Thriving in the Face of Working with Challenging Behaviors

August 22: Wrap up:  Where do we go from here?

Click here to register.


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A course that teaches child care professionals about healthy meal preparation and creating a positive food environment for the kids in their care.

Want to reduce your food cost? Need new recipe ideas that fit CACFP guidelines? Want to identify ways to make healthy foods appeal to kids?

If you said yes, come join us for a Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals hands-on cooking and nutrition course at no cost to you!

Practice skills like:

  • Building positive eating attitudes and behaviors
  • Identifying simple, yet nutritious snacks
  • Practicing skills to be efficient in the kitchen
  • Preparing healthy food options

After the course you will receive:

  • New essential kitchen tools
  • A manual highlighting information covered during the training, 34 child-friendly recipes, and an activity bank of engaging ways to teach kids in your care about healthy eating
  • 8-hours of continuing education credits

Throughout the course, there will be hands-on food preparation of snacks and meals that will be enjoyed together during family-style meal service. See you there!

Child Development Associate Training

Workforce Development Center at PPCCNEW CDA Certification Program!

Offered through Pikes Peak Community College in collaboration with Alliance for Kids and Community Partnership for Child Development

  • Take the “Best First Step” in your Professional Development—Get CDA Certified
  • Rigorous coursework—achieve your CDA in less than a year.
    CDA qualifies you as a Teacher (formerly Group Leader) or Assistant Teacher
  • CDA is equivalent to ECE 101 at PPCC—allowing you to pursue “Credit for Prior Learning”
  • This investment in your future will benefit you AND the children in your care!

Questions can be directed to Erica Evans:

Click Here to Start the Application

Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course during which participants will learn specific strategies to enhance the social/emotional development of the children they work with, how and why to encourage inclusion, and how to better support children with challenging behavior. Participants will receive 48 hours of training for only $100.00. Scholarships are available to Early Childhood Professionals currently employed or residing in El Paso County.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered to have met the educational requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or College Course Credits at both the graduate and undergraduate level are also available through the University of Colorado Denver with the completion of additional coursework, assignments, and fees.

There is no current update on any new Pyramid Plus Training. The best way to stay updated is to sign up for the EC News and PD Update – all new training will be shared in these newsletters.

Pyramid Plus Approach Coaching
Alliance for Kids is thrilled to be able to offer Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) Coaching to teachers throughout El Paso County.  This coaching allows teachers to receive support in implementing the social emotional skills and practices they learned about in the Pyramid Plus Approach Training. For more information, visit the Pyramid Plus Coaching page.