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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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Volunteers Needed for FREE ERS-3 Observations

The Quality Assessment Services Department at Clayton Early Learning is preparing to get back into the field and they need

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Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program is OPEN

The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program aims to expand access and availability of licensed child care throughout the

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CO Shines Quality Improvement Grant is OPEN!

[July 15, 2021]  Alliance for Kids is excited to announce that the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement (CSQI) grant is OPEN

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EPC Business Grant Opportunity | Apply by July 16!

Could your early childhood program use up to $20,000? Apply today – closes July 16th! The application takes less than

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Upcoming Events

Jul
27
Tue
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Jul 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 | July 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Jul 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[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session A | July – Septembe...
EQIT Session A | July – Septembe...
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: Tuesdays and Thursdays Mandatory Orientation on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm July 22, 27, 29 August  3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24,[...]
Jul
28
Wed
11:30 am Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Provide...
Jul 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 | July 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Jul 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[...]
12:30 pm Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Jul 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for a fun workshop on health, nutrition, and wellness! Learn about the sugar in beverages, how to eat more fruits/vegetables, and get more active with your family. This free online workshop is designed[...]
Jul
29
Thu
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Jul 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[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session A | July – Septembe...
EQIT Session A | July – Septembe...
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: Tuesdays and Thursdays Mandatory Orientation on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm July 22, 27, 29 August  3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24,[...]
Jul
30
Fri
11:30 am Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Pre-Licensing Training | July 2021
Jul 30 @ 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[...]
Jul
31
Sat
10:00 am Tom Copeland: How to Effectively...
Tom Copeland: How to Effectively...
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tom Copeland webinar will cover: 1. How to establish a business relationship with parents. 2. What rules can you establish to cope with the pandemic. 3. What is the difference between contracts and policies.[...]

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