Provider Updates…Made EASY!
Licensed providers… To keep your information up-to-date in the State database, you can now update your site information when it’s most convenient for you.
Open the file above and save form to your computer. Fill out the form and return to us by email, fax, or mail. Your response to the survey removes you from your Early Childhood Council’s semi-annual call list and ensures you receive important notices and information from the State.
Professional Development Monthly Newsletter
DECEMBER | JANUARY
NEW! Alliance for Kids Resource Lending Library!
We are excited to announce an all new Resource Lending Library! Offered by your Early Childhood Council, this resource allows you to check out resources, including books, kits and videos, to help you grow as an Early Childhood Professional. Resource List | May 2018 (We have a couple of new sample curricula called Funshine Express and The Learning Box Preschool. Stop by and have a look!)
Behavior Supports – Early Childhood Specialists
Early Childhood Specialists (ECS) are available to assist Early Care and Education (ECE) sites and professionals caring for children ages 0-8 who are showing disruptive behaviors in a child care center, family child care home, preschool or kindergarten setting within El Paso, Teller and Park counties. Specialists trained in development and behavior assessment will help providers and parents in planning and implementing interventions for children to succeed.
FREE ECS Referral Line: 719.577.9190
Colorado Office of Early Childhood | Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional Development
By helping children to learn social and emotional skills, you can build stronger relationships with children and families. You can also reduce challenging behavior in children that you work with.
Our resources are intended to:
- Educate professionals about social-emotional development and early childhood mental health
- Offer tips on how to support healthy social-emotional development in early childhood programs
- Support communication and outreach to families
Webinar Recording: Improving Safe Sleep Conversations:
Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits
Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.
Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images
Do all of your organization’s resources have images that model safe infant sleep practices and breastfeeding? To reduce the risk of death, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidelines for safe sleep environments. These guidelines recommend that media, companies, and other organizations follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising. The AAP, in making this recommendation, cited research on the impact of media exposures, advertising and store displays on individual behavior by influencing beliefs and attitudes and its concern that images portraying unsafe sleep practices may create misinformation among parents and other infant caregivers thus putting infants at risk.
The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University released the resource, Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images. Use this checklist to ensure the images you use model safe behavior.
Resources for Providers regarding school shootings and violence:
Child Abuse Resources
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Toolkit
This online toolkit provides informational materials and resources about prevention of child abuse and neglect. We greatly appreciate the public’s help in using these materials to continue to work together to build thriving communities that support healthy kids and strong families.
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline – 1.800.264.5437 (CO-4-KIDS)
Are you a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect?
The Colorado Department of Human Services has created a web-based training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Click here to take the free online training.
Licensed Child Care Providers… Don’t get caught off guard if an EMERGENCY arises!
To access the State Disaster Plan and be prepared, click here.
Guidance and sample forms are a
great resource to consolidate important information for your site.
The FEMA Emergency Management Institute offers a great online course:
IS-36: Multi-Hazard Planning for Childcare
There are five sessions to the course and you must allow time to complete the entire course – closing out will require you to begin a session again.
Session 1: 2 hours
Session 2: 30 minutes
Session 3: 40 minutes
Session 4: 20 minutes
Session 5: 10 minutes
There is final exam that will allow you to receive credit for taking the course.