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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 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.

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

News

For ALL news stories, click HERE.

EPCPH Memo on COVID-19 Guidance for Child Cares

In anticipation of new child care and school guidance to be released in December, please read this EPHPH Memo 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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Child Care COVID Reporting Tool

Dear Child Care Owners and Operators, We (El Paso County Public Health) have been seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases

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Employer-Based Child Care Facility Grant Deadline Extended to November 12th

DEADLINE Extended to November 12th! Businesses interested in applying for the Employer-Based Child Care Facility Grant can download the full

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Upcoming Events

Dec
11
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Dec 11 @ 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[...]
Dec
18
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Dec 18 @ 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[...]
Jan
8
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
Jan
15
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Jan 15 @ 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[...]
Jan
18
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 18 @ 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[...]
Jan
20
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 20 @ 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[...]
Jan
22
Sat
8:30 am EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
EQIT Session C | November 2021 –...
Jan 22 @ 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[...]
Jan
25
Tue
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 25 @ 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[...]
Jan
27
Thu
6:00 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 27 @ 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[...]
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[...]

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