Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

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.”

 

“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

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant NOW OPEN!

The Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant is live for the 2019-2020 year! New eligibility criteria allows more programs to engage

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Funding Available for Family Child Care Homes in Colorado!

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning

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Community Listening Session | Join Us!

We reached our maximum capacity for this event.  If you would like to discuss any needs or thoughts regarding our

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EC News | January 2020 Edition

Get the latest early childhood news in the January edition! Read >>

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Upcoming Events

Feb
29
Sat
8:00 am Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Feb 29 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 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? Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course[...]
Mar
2
Mon
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm January 8 – March 14, 2020 Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to[...]
Mar
3
Tue
6:00 pm STEM Training: Ramps and Pathway...
STEM Training: Ramps and Pathway...
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Series Overview: This series investigates Ramps and Pathways as a launching point into engineering and problem-solving curriculum for your classroom or program. Exciting research has found that when young children engage in hands-on engineering, all[...]
Mar
5
Thu
6:30 pm Emergency Procedures Supplementa...
Emergency Procedures Supplementa...
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alliance for Kids offers two annual Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshops which include the “Surviving an Active Shooter Training-Run, Hide, Fight.” Each participant receives an “Emergency Preparedness Toolkit” which includes different templates for emergency operation[...]
Mar
7
Sat
8:00 am Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 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? Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session D | February – May ...
EQIT Session D | February – May ...
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday Classes: February 22 March 7, 21 April 4, 18 May 2, 16, 30 Saturday classes will be from[...]
Mar
9
Mon
6:00 pm EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Monday, March 9, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday Evenings with TWO Saturdays: March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 11, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20,[...]
Mar
11
Wed
6:00 pm EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Monday, March 9, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday Evenings with TWO Saturdays: March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 11, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20,[...]
Mar
12
Thu
12:00 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month (except during October, January, April, and July) from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). *Lunch will be provided. To RSVP,[...]
Mar
14
Sat
8:00 am Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 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? Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course[...]

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