Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

To promote the community’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance for Kids physical office is closed. 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:

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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Town Hall | Guidance for Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps

Join representatives from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Colorado Department of Public

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COVID-19 Testing and Potential Impact on Children

My Fellow Coloradans, I want to provide you with a critical update on our battle against this global pandemic. First

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TANF for Families Impacted by COVID-19

DHS has funding available through The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program for families impacted by COVID-19.  The eligibility

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Child Care Survey for Families | SHARE or TAKE!

Child care is an essential part to a thriving community, allowing children to be cared for and educated while families

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Upcoming Events

May
30
Sat
1:00 pm Cooking Matters | Virtual Classe...
Cooking Matters | Virtual Classe...
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TIMES VARY by SESSION – See details and registration links below. All trainings below are offered through the Colorado Shines PDIS system. Wednesday, May 13th / 1:00 – 3:00 pm Choosing Healthy Food for Kids Thursday,[...]
Jun
1
Mon
4:00 pm Virtual Town Hall on Children’s ...
Virtual Town Hall on Children’s ...
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Learn more about the new guidance for children’s day camps and youth sports camps at a special Town Hall where you can join representatives from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood[...]
Jun
2
Tue
10:00 am Ask the Expert | Social Distanci...
Ask the Expert | Social Distanci...
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ask the Expert Social Distancing in Early Care and Education: Feasible or Impossible? Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10 – 11 am Register Online Now! Join us for a one-hour discussion to explore issues around social[...]
Jun
3
Wed
9:00 am Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE!! Nurturing Parenting Programs® Three-Day Facilitator Virtual Training with Laura Olson MS, MEd Nationally Recognized Trainer and Consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs June 3rd – June 5th, 2020 9:00 am to 4:00[...]
Jun
4
Thu
9:00 am Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE!! Nurturing Parenting Programs® Three-Day Facilitator Virtual Training with Laura Olson MS, MEd Nationally Recognized Trainer and Consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs June 3rd – June 5th, 2020 9:00 am to 4:00[...]
Jun
5
Fri
9:00 am Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Nurturing Parent Programs Facili...
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE!! Nurturing Parenting Programs® Three-Day Facilitator Virtual Training with Laura Olson MS, MEd Nationally Recognized Trainer and Consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs June 3rd – June 5th, 2020 9:00 am to 4:00[...]
Jun
11
Thu
12:00 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Jun 11 @ 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,[...]
Jun
15
Mon
9:00 am NAEYC Code of Ethics | JUNE 2020
NAEYC Code of Ethics | JUNE 2020
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn about the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct in a virtual, fun and interactive way!  Learn how these guidelines for responsible behavior set forth a common basis for resolving ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood[...]
Jul
16
Thu
6:00 pm AFK Community Network Meetings
AFK Community Network Meetings
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Alliance for Kids is pleased to announce its new Community Network schedule of meetings for the upcoming year! January 16, 2020 | 6-8 pm | The Arc Pikes Peak Region | 10 N. Meade Ave.[...]
Jul
27
Mon
9:00 am Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Pre-Licensing | July 2020
Jul 27 @ 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[...]

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