Welcome to

El Paso County's Early Childhood Council

Alliance for Kids will be closed December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020.

Supports for Families Impacted by Child Care Closing

In response to the recent closing of a local child care center and family child care home, Alliance for Kids is sharing resources available for families. If you are looking for other family resources, please visit FamilySPEAK.org.

  • If you or your child are in need of mental health support, providers are available to meet your needs. For a list, please click here.
  • If you are in need of child care or need more information about programs, visit ColoradoShines.com or call the Colorado Shines Child Care Resource & Referral Line: 877-338-2273

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.

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Emergency Waivers for Early Care & Education Programs

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Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities | Public Comment OPEN

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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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Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Mon
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Jan 6 @ 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[...]
Jan
8
Wed
5:30 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
Jan
11
Sat
9:00 am ITERS-3 Overview | January 11, 2020
ITERS-3 Overview | January 11, 2020
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
ITERS-3 focuses on the full range of needs of infants and toddlers and provides a framework for improving program quality. Further, the scale assesses both environmental provisions and teacher-child interactions that affect the broad developmental[...]
12:30 pm ECERS-3 Overview | January 11, 2020
ECERS-3 Overview | January 11, 2020
Jan 11 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Third Edition of the ECERS (ECERS-3) is the first major revision of the ECERS-R since 2005. ECERS-3 introduces innovations in both the content and administration of the scale while retaining the continuity of the[...]
Jan
13
Mon
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Jan 13 @ 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[...]
Jan
15
Wed
5:30 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Jan 15 @ 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[...]
Jan
16
Thu
6:00 pm AFK Community Network Meetings
AFK Community Network Meetings
Jan 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 | Location TBD April 16, 2020  Location and Time TBD July 16, 2020 |[...]
Jan
18
Sat
9:00 am Music Play for Story Time & Beyo...
Music Play for Story Time & Beyo...
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This training will provide early childhood professionals with a basic understanding of how young children learn music and why music learning promotes ALL learning.  Participants will learn ten developmentally appropriate strategies to foster music development[...]

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