Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

The Alliance for Kids physical office is closed, but staff are working remotely and are available to assist you! Our main number (719.634.8045) has menu options for reaching us. Our Help Line (719.205.2691) offers assistance with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and takes 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

For ALL news stories, click HERE.

Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program | Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! For a snapshot of the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant, the new grant below, and the Early Childhood

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Paycheck Protection Program Reopens!

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. A new

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EXPANDED Eligibility for CO Shines Grants!

Alliance for Kids is excited to announce that the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant eligibility has been expanded by the

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NEW Educator and Healthcare Worker Support Line

Call or Text the CU Anschutz Well-Being Support Line (303-724-2500) Our goal is to help our community through the stress

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Upcoming Events

Jan
13
Wed
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jan
16
Sat
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jan
20
Wed
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jan
23
Sat
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jan
27
Wed
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Jan 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 | January...
Pre-Licensing Training | January...
Jan 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 Learning Series for Care Provide...
Learning Series for Care Provide...
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Alliance for Kids, in partnership with The Resource Exchange, is offering a new five-part Learning Series designed to support you in meeting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of children in your care. The series seeks[...]
Jan
28
Thu
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | January...
Pre-Licensing Training | January...
Jan 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[...]
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 28 @ 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[...]
Jan
29
Fri
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | January...
Pre-Licensing Training | January...
Jan 29 @ 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[...]

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