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El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council

Alliance for Kids is your Early Childhood Council. We work 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 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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Upcoming Events

Sep
18
Tue
5:30 pm Get Educated: Youth Mental Healt...
Get Educated: Youth Mental Healt...
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AN INSPIRING PRESENTATION, PLUS A MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE FAIR Listen to a parent’s perspective on raising a child with a mental disorder Learn important facts/statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders[...]
Sep
22
Sat
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
Sep 22 @ 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[...]
Sep
26
Wed
6:01 pm Health & Well-Being Committee
Health & Well-Being Committee
Sep 26 @ 6:01 pm – 7:01 pm
This committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 12 – 1 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). For more about this committee, please contact Jackie Florendo. The Health & Well-Being Committee[...]
Oct
1
Mon
9:00 am Pre-Licensing
Pre-Licensing
Oct 1 @ 9:00 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[...]
9:00 am Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Oct 1 @ 9:00 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[...]
Oct
4
Thu
1:00 pm Family Support & Education Commi...
Family Support & Education Commi...
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This committee meets the first Thursday of the month from 1 – 2:30 pm in CPCD Room 210 (2340 Robinson Street). For more about this committee, please contact Dana Scarbrough at 719.466.0099. The Family Support & Education[...]
Oct
6
Sat
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
Oct 6 @ 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[...]
Oct
9
Tue
6:03 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Oct 9 @ 6:03 pm – 7:03 pm
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). For dates, visit our calendar. *Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email Teresa[...]
Oct
20
Sat
9:00 am Healthy Smiles Summit
Healthy Smiles Summit
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: Free Community Partnership for Child Development 2330 Robinson Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904 Join us for a full day of interactive training for early childhood[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
EQIT Session B | September – Dec...
Oct 20 @ 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[...]