Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

The Alliance for Kids physical office is closed, but staff are working remotely and are available to assist you! Our main number (719.634.8045) has menu options for reaching us. Our Help Line (719.205.2691) offers assistance with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and takes 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

For ALL news stories, click HERE.

Leading Edge Series for Child Care Providers | Begins Saturday!

The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers

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School-Age Child Care Waivers Available

The Colorado Department of Human Services is offering licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care centers

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Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SPACE to Learn Grant

Get Inspired! Get Creative! Get Outdoors! Get Started! Make learning fun and healthy with fast and affordable projects to enhance

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NEW Background Check Requirements | Effective September 30th

New Background Check Requirements: Rules to Impact Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes and Qualified

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Upcoming Events

Oct
24
Sat
9:00 am Leading Edge™ for Child Care Pro...
Leading Edge™ for Child Care Pro...
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices[...]
Oct
28
Wed
12:30 pm Learning Series for Care Provide...
Learning Series for Care Provide...
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Alliance for Kids, in partnership with The Resource Exchange, is offering a new five-part Learning Series designed to support you in meeting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of children in your care. The series seeks[...]
6:00 pm Child Care Development Specialis...
Child Care Development Specialis...
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship allows job seekers and early learning professionals to choose their own path to become Early Childhood Teacher/Director qualified while learning on-the job skills with on-site support. Have you ever[...]
6:00 pm Essential Strategies for Creativ...
Essential Strategies for Creativ...
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a[...]
Nov
4
Wed
6:00 pm Essential Strategies for Creativ...
Essential Strategies for Creativ...
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a[...]
Nov
5
Thu
1:00 pm Adverse Childhood Experiences | ...
Adverse Childhood Experiences | ...
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families and Teller County Collaborative Management Program have partnered to offer a FREE Adverse Childhood Experiences online training for the community on November 5th from 1-3 p.m. ACEs (Adverse Childhood[...]
Nov
7
Sat
9:00 am Leading Edge™ for Child Care Pro...
Leading Edge™ for Child Care Pro...
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices[...]
Nov
10
Tue
5:30 pm Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Are you interested in exploring becoming a mentor teacher?  Mentoring is a relationship-based adult learning strategy intended to promote and support a teacher’s awareness and refinement of her professional learning process and teaching practices.   Early[...]
Nov
12
Thu
12:00 pm Learning & Development Committee
Learning & Development Committee
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm via Zoom. For committee information, please contact Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315. The Learning & Development Committee is made up of agencies[...]
5:30 pm Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Are you interested in exploring becoming a mentor teacher?  Mentoring is a relationship-based adult learning strategy intended to promote and support a teacher’s awareness and refinement of her professional learning process and teaching practices.   Early[...]

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