Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council
We are here to support you!
  • To promote the community’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance for Kids physical office is closed, but staff are working remotely and available to assist you! Please contact our Help Line: 719.205.2691.

  • We send important email updates to all early care and education programs and family child care homes. If you are not receiving them, please contact AMcKibben@allianceforkids.org.

To continue providing services and supports to the early learning community as your Early Childhood Council and local Child Care Resource & Referral agency, we are providing virtual participation options for select meetings, training, events, and you are welcome to contact our staff for assistance. Please visit our pages below for more information:

Alliance for Kids is now accepting appointments for supply pick up on July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.

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.

July PD Update now available!

For all the latest professional development news – including the NEW PD Catalog for July – September, click HERE.

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Updated Guidance for Children’s Resident Camps

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Colorado Shines Ratings Schedule FAQs

To support providers who may have questions about the current and future rating process, the Colorado Shines Team and Clayton

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Child and Adult Care Food Program | Waivers Available for Providers

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Upcoming Events

Jul
16
Thu
5:00 pm AFK Community Network Meeting | ...
AFK Community Network Meeting | ...
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
July 16, 2020 | Click HERE to Register – Zoom Link Provided Are you looking for the one place to connect with local partners engaged in the early childhood conversation? Attend July’s Virtual Alliance for[...]
Jul
27
Mon
11:30 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 27 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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 for Exemp...
Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Jul 27 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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[...]
Jul
28
Tue
11:30 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 28 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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 for Exemp...
Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Jul 28 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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[...]
Jul
29
Wed
11:30 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 29 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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[...]
Jul
30
Thu
11:30 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 30 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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[...]
Jul
31
Fri
11:30 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 31 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 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[...]
Aug
6
Thu
1:00 pm Family Support & Education Commi...
Family Support & Education Commi...
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This committee meets the first Thursday of the month (November, February, May, and August) from 1 – 2:30 pm at Catholic Charities (Helen Hunt Campus, 917 E. Moreno). For more about this committee, please contact Erika[...]
Aug
12
Wed
6:00 pm Licensing Refresher for Family C...
Licensing Refresher for Family C...
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stay current with child care licensing rules and regulations. This 3-hour training is designed to provide you with a refresher of licensing regulations related to the work you do, as well as address some of[...]

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