El Paso County's Early Childhood Council
COVID-19 Updates for Early Care & Education Programs
Child care providers play an important role both to prevent the spread of disease and to help families and communities stay informed. To assist you in this role, we are sharing the following with you:
- If your program is in need of cleaning supplies, please use our Contact Us form below to submit your request. We will do our best to match needs with supplies being donated.
- Please see News items at the bottom of this page for important COVID-19 guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
- Please look for important emails from Alliance for Kids. For the latest email about new ECE Huddles being formed, click HERE.
- Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for information and updates.
- If you are registered for upcoming AFK training, you will be contacted with information about cancellations and rescheduling.
- If you need information or resources to share with families around the topics of emotional well-being, nutrition, health, or learning at home, please direct them to FamilySPEAK.org.
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.
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.
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.
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In response to a great need expressed by our community’s child care centers and family child care homes, Alliance for
Dear Colorado Child Care Providers, As we all work through this challenging and ever-changing situation, we want to continue to
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