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Alliance for Kids, El Paso County's Early Childhood Council, is a program of Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families.

The Alliance for Kids team works remotely and is available to assist you! Our main number is 719.634.8045. Our Help Line is 719.205.2691 and accepts 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 Geanina Brown, Foundations Workforce Manager.

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 Programs tab under Providers | Leaders | Teachers for more details and contact information for staff that can assist you.

Our newsletters are monthly and provide early childhood information, professional development opportunities, and information for families.

News

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Child Care Stabilization Grants are OPEN!

The Child Care Stabilizations grants are here! All licensed providers should have received an email from MetrixIQ, the company that is

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Advocacy Training | Earn 2.5 PDIS Credit Hours!

Join Save the Children Action Network on January 17, 2022, for a film discussion and 50-minute training about early childhood investments and

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1.10.22 | Updated COVID-19 School and Child Care Guidance

El Paso County Public Health has updated the child care and school guidance (attached). This can also be found on

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FREE COVID-19 Test Kits for Licensed Child Care Providers | Order Today!

  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is distributing 500,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that include a

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Upcoming Events

Jan
29
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Jan 29 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Feb
5
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Feb 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Feb
12
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Feb 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Feb
19
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Feb
26
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Mar
5
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Mar
12
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: November 6, 2021 – March 12, 2022 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Saturdays from 8:30 am[...]
Apr
5
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Apr 5 @ 6:00 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[...]
Apr
7
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Apr 7 @ 6:00 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[...]
Apr
12
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Apr 12 @ 6:00 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[...]

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