Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

 

Alliance for Kids works with local service providers and organizations to support young children and families in El Paso County to:

  • Ensure that each and every child experiences an equitable, high quality continuum of services and supports that leads to success in school and life.
  • Improve the quality of early learning environments to prepare young children to enter kindergarten; build the resources and skills of families; and ensure that families have access to social, physical, and mental health services.
  • Be a hub for partners, providers, caregivers, policy makers, and business leaders to coordinate, collaborate, and align resources.

The Vision of Alliance for Kids to make El Paso County the best place to raise a child is realized through the collaborative efforts of community leaders from early care and education, health, mental health, and family support programs. These individuals come together as members of the AFK Council to ensure that families thrive and ALL children develop their potential.

Mission: The Alliance for Kids will serve as a vehicle that brings together agencies and individuals to work collaboratively on a seamless system of care for young children and their families in El Paso County.

Alliance for Kids is an initiative of its fiscal agent Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families.

Individuals, organizations, businesses, advocates, and community members - all working together to improve the lives of children and families.

Alliance for Kids is here to assist providers, leaders, teachers, or those pursuing a career in early childhood education.

We support parents & caregivers with resources to build strong families. This includes extended family, guardians, and foster care providers.

Questions & Answers
to help you get started...

Alliance for Kids can help parents and families looking for quality child care. We are not a provider, but we can connect you with the resources and information you will need to get started. Please call us, or visit our Finding Quality Child Care page under the Parents & Families menu for more details. If you need financial assistance, you will find information on programs.

Alliance for Kids maintains a calendar of parenting classes. Some are offered by our Family Support & Education Specialist, and others are offered by partner organizations. Visit FamilySPEAK under the Parents & Families menu for more information or go directly to FamilySPEAK.org.

First, you will need to find out if you are required to become licensed. Please visit our Opening a Child Care page for complete details. If you do need to be licensed, there is contact information on that page for our Director Coach who will assist you, as well as the local agency that handles licensing (Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence – IREE).

Yes. Alliance for Kids has several different early childhood education scholarships depending upon the need of each student. Our Professional Development Specialist can provide guidance. For more information, visit the Scholarships page under Providers | Leaders | Teachers.

Alliance for Kids can help early care and education programs and family child care providers with both aspects of Colorado Shines.  Whether it’s the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) or the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), we are here to assist you!  Visit the Quality Programming tab under Providers | Leaders | Teachers for more details and contact information for staff that can assist you.

Alliance for Kids can help early care and education programs and family child care providers with both aspects of Colorado Shines.  Whether it’s the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) or the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), we are here to assist you!  Visit the Quality Programming tab under Providers | Leaders | Teachers for more details and contact information for staff that can assist you.

“While taking classes for my program I have been able to take away a lot of new information that allows me to be a better teacher, so the children are all successful learners. I am better able to teach and assist children that need accommodations and modifications in an inclusive classroom on a daily basis.”
Scholarship Recipient
Summer 2017
We have gotten SO much from the class. It has improved almost all of our relationships as these skills pertain to adults as well.
Parent
Positive Solutions for Families Class
“I’m more focused on the social and emotional development of children now…on what is going on with each individual child that will help them do better next year in kindergarten - giving them those social and emotional skills that they need, that they might not always get.”
Family Child care Provider
Pyramid Plus Approach Training Participant
& Coaching Recipient

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Check out the latest EC News & PD Update!

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Read the EC News | Dec 7

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Read the December PD Update!

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New Pilot Project | Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit

Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families and Alliance for Kids announce a new pilot project funded by the Colorado Springs

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Upcoming Events

Feb
23
Sat
8:30 am Pyramid Plus Approach | Spring 2...
Pyramid Plus Approach | Spring 2...
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for our Spring 2019 Pyramid Plus Approach Training. Participants will receive 48 hours of training and learn how to support the social and emotional health of our community’s youngest children. Click here[...]
Feb
25
Mon
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 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 experience of[...]
Feb
27
Wed
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 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 experience of[...]
Feb
28
Thu
1:00 pm Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Psychological First Aid! Please read the course description below, and if interested, please follow the instructions to register! Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a participant-centered training that builds resilience by teaching participants how stress affects[...]
Mar
6
Wed
6:00 pm EQIT Session D | MARCH – JUNE 2019
EQIT Session D | MARCH – JUNE 2019
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session D | March – June ( WED/SAT) | Click to Register Wednesday, March 6th is an evening orientation. All other classes are on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm and on Saturdays from 8:30 am –[...]
Mar
9
Sat
9:00 am Music Play for Story Time & Beyo...
Music Play for Story Time & Beyo...
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This training will provide early childhood professionals with a basic understanding of how young children learn music and why music learning promotes ALL learning.  Participants will learn ten developmentally appropriate strategies to foster music development[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
EQIT Session C | JAN-MAR 2019
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 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 experience of[...]
Mar
13
Wed
6:00 pm EQIT Session D | MARCH – JUNE 2019
EQIT Session D | MARCH – JUNE 2019
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session D | March – June ( WED/SAT) | Click to Register Wednesday, March 6th is an evening orientation. All other classes are on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm and on Saturdays from 8:30 am –[...]
Mar
16
Sat
8:30 am Pyramid Plus Approach | Spring 2...
Pyramid Plus Approach | Spring 2...
Mar 16 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for our Spring 2019 Pyramid Plus Approach Training. Participants will receive 48 hours of training and learn how to support the social and emotional health of our community’s youngest children. Click here[...]
Mar
19
Tue
8:00 am TPOT Reliability Workshop Training
TPOT Reliability Workshop Training
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) reliability workshop prepares participants in the use of the instrument to gather information on preschool teachers’ implementation of Pyramid Model practices. This is an intensive workshop that requires prerequisite[...]

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