Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

Alliance for Kids is Open and Ready to Assist You!

 

Has Alliance for Kids moved?? Not yet…our AFK offices are in a building that is now on the market. Until a sale goes through, your Early Childhood Council will remain here on Robinson Street ready to assist you!! Stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram, and our website for location updates.

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.

Our Work

Alliance for Kids works 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.

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 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

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

News

Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities | Public Comment OPEN

Public Comment: Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities Proposed changes to general rules  The Office of Early Childhood, Division of Early

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Bumps, Books, ‘n Babies Resource Fair | September 28th

Bumps, Books , ‘n Babies Resource Fair | September 28th | Library 21c Parents of babies and those who are

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TRAILS CHECKS | Update on Delays

The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced Trails was experiencing issues causing a slow response time which is impacting the processing

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Help Us Connect With Families!

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood (OEC) wants to hear from families of children 0-5 across Colorado to learn about

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Upcoming Events

Oct
22
Tue
6:30 pm All Children Are Special | Serie...
All Children Are Special | Serie...
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Alliance for Kids announces a four-part series of training for early care and education professionals working with children with high needs. Karen Banovich, CPCD Early Childhood Behavioral Health Consultant, will present the training which[...]
Oct
23
Wed
12:00 pm Health & Well-Being Committee
Health & Well-Being Committee
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This committee meets every other month on the fourth Wednesday from 12 – 1 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). For more about this committee, please contact Bernie McCarron. The Health &[...]
Oct
29
Tue
6:30 pm All Children Are Special | Serie...
All Children Are Special | Serie...
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Alliance for Kids announces a four-part series of training for early care and education professionals working with children with high needs. Karen Banovich, CPCD Early Childhood Behavioral Health Consultant, will present the training which[...]
Nov
2
Sat
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday) Mandatory Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday classes are from 8:30 am -3:00 pm on[...]
Nov
5
Tue
6:30 pm All Children Are Special | Serie...
All Children Are Special | Serie...
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Alliance for Kids announces a four-part series of training for early care and education professionals working with children with high needs. Karen Banovich, CPCD Early Childhood Behavioral Health Consultant, will present the training which[...]
Nov
7
Thu
1:00 pm Family Support & Education Commi...
Family Support & Education Commi...
Nov 7 @ 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 Erika Cincotta at 719.466.9562. The Family Support &[...]
Nov
13
Wed
6:00 pm The Growing Brain Training (Infa...
The Growing Brain Training (Infa...
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This innovative training focuses on giving ECE professionals and families evidence-informed strategies to support their vital role in building healthy brains. The Growing Brain training provides a comprehensive hands-on understanding of how the brain develops,[...]
Nov
14
Thu
12:00 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street).  The committee will not meet on August 8th. Join us for the next[...]
Nov
16
Sat
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday) Mandatory Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday classes are from 8:30 am -3:00 pm on[...]
Nov
30
Sat
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
EQIT Session B | August – Novemb...
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday) Mandatory Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday classes are from 8:30 am -3:00 pm on[...]

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