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Alliance for Kids, El Paso County's Early Childhood Council, is a program of Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families.

The Alliance for Kids team works remotely and is available to assist you! Our main number is 719.634.8045. Our Help Line is 719.205.2691 and accepts general questions from providers and families.

A Message of Thanks...

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.

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. Visit FamilySPEAK under the Parents & Families menu for more information or go directly to FamilySPEAK.org.

Please visit our Opening a Child Care page for complete details. If you are required to be licensed, are interested in Pre-Licensing classes, or need other support, contact our Quality Initiatives Lead Supervisor.

Yes. Alliance for Kids offers scholarships depending upon the need of each student. Our Professional Development Specialist can provide guidance. 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.

Our newsletters are monthly and provide early childhood information, professional development opportunities, and information for families.

News

For ALL news stories, click HERE.

Updated COVID-19 School Guidance & Visitor Guidelines Reminder

Updated COVID-19 School Guidance (8.5.21) As a reminder, here are the COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines. In the letter from July 30,

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CO Shines Updates | In-Person Ratings and Comment Period on Rules and Regulations

In-person Colorado Shines ratings will start up again in January 2022 using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, Third Editions

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Listening Sessions on August 3 | New Department of Early Childhood & Universal Pre-K

To ensure that the voices of families, members of the workforce, and program providers are central to the design of the

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Family Child Care Homes Facilities Improvement Grant | Apply Today!

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning

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Upcoming Events

Sep
28
Tue
1:00 pm Make Parenting a Pleasure | Disc...
Make Parenting a Pleasure | Disc...
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Parenting is a tough job! Wouldn’t it be nice to have better tools in your Parenting Toolbox? Discussion topics include: Develop a better understanding of your child’s behavior. Discuss discipline tips & techniques that fit your child’s[...]
Oct
2
Sat
9:00 am LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC’s LEADING EDGE™ for Childcare Providers is created to help both licensed childcare providers (center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices and the ever-changing landscape of[...]
Oct
5
Tue
6:30 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This committee meets every other month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom. For committee information, please contact TDixon@jointinitiatives.org or 719.313.8913. The Learning & Development Committee is made up of agencies and individuals who work[...]
Oct
9
Sat
9:00 am LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC’s LEADING EDGE™ for Childcare Providers is created to help both licensed childcare providers (center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices and the ever-changing landscape of[...]
Oct
16
Sat
9:00 am LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC’s LEADING EDGE™ for Childcare Providers is created to help both licensed childcare providers (center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices and the ever-changing landscape of[...]
Oct
23
Sat
9:00 am LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
LEADING EDGE for Child Care Prov...
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC’s LEADING EDGE™ for Childcare Providers is created to help both licensed childcare providers (center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices and the ever-changing landscape of[...]
Nov
9
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
Nov
11
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
Nov
16
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
Nov
18
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]

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