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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, and our Help Line is 719.205.2691, which offers assistance with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 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.

If you are looking for the one place to connect with local partners engaged in the early childhood conversation, join us for the next Community Network meeting! Mark your calendar for the third Thursday in January, April, July, and August. Visit our our Calendar page for meeting details/topics and to RSVP. Don’t miss your chance to connect and network with community partners and learn about local opportunities as well as statewide efforts in the field of early childhood.

“Connecting and networking for the purpose of taking action.”

 

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

News

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JI/AFK Receives Funding To Pursue Efforts Toward Strengthening ECE Workforce

Joint Initiatives/Alliance for Kids has been awarded a 2021 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant! We are excited to be among

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New Public Health Order and Impacts in El Paso County

On Thursday April 15, 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Released Public Health Order 20-38. Attached

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Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants are CLOSED.

As of April 14, 2021, the application period has closed for the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant. Be sure you

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Early Childhood Workforce Development Subcommittee Seeks Co-Chair

The Early Childhood Workforce Development (ECWD) Subcommittee, a subcommittee devoted to developing Colorado’s early childhood workforce under the Early Childhood

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Upcoming Events

Apr
22
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Designed specifically for early childhood providers, this course explores how a child’s early experiences, both positive and negative, impacts early brain development and life outcomes. This four part series helps caregivers better understand how childhood[...]
Apr
26
Mon
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
Apr
27
Tue
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Apr 27 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Apr 27 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
12:30 pm Conversations with a Consultant ...
Conversations with a Consultant ...
Apr 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Conversations with a Consultant is a time for child care providers to discuss what they are experiencing in their work right now with an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. These groups are a safe place[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | February – June...
EQIT Session C | February – June...
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 23 – June 15, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Mondays from 6:00 pm[...]
Apr
28
Wed
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Apr 28 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | April 2021
Apr 28 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
12:00 pm Advocacy 101 for Early Childhood...
Advocacy 101 for Early Childhood...
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Save the Children Action Network and the Alliance for Kids for this interactive, virtual training. Help to make El Paso County a strong early learning community!  Learn to advocate for kids and for early[...]

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