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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 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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Early Childhood and PreK-12 Educators

Alliance for Kids is sharing a message from El Paso County Public Health: Preserving in-person education and child care in

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Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program | Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! For a snapshot of the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant, the new grant below, and the Early Childhood

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Paycheck Protection Program Reopens!

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. A new

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EXPANDED Eligibility for CO Shines Grants!

Alliance for Kids is excited to announce that the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant eligibility has been expanded by the

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Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Thu
6:30 pm Fostering Motor Skills
Fostering Motor Skills
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
When planning activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, play is central to the development of children’s gross and fine motor skills. It is through play that children practice the coordination of large body movements, as[...]
Mar
2
Tue
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | February – June...
EQIT Session C | February – June...
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 23 – June 15, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Mondays from 6:00 pm[...]
Mar
3
Wed
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | February – June...
EQIT Session B | February – June...
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 17, 2021 – June 9, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Wednesday, February 17, 2021  6:00-7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to[...]
Mar
6
Sat
9:30 am Early Childhood Professionalism:...
Early Childhood Professionalism:...
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
In this course, ECE educators will be able to describe the importance of professionalism in the ECE field, while also learning to evaluate where they can improve, generate, and implement more professional ideals into their[...]
Mar
9
Tue
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | February – June...
EQIT Session C | February – June...
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 23 – June 15, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Mondays from 6:00 pm[...]
Mar
10
Wed
9:30 am Early Childhood Professionalism:...
Early Childhood Professionalism:...
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
In this course, ECE educators will be able to describe the importance of professionalism in the ECE field, while also learning to evaluate where they can improve, generate, and implement more professional ideals into their[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session B | February – June...
EQIT Session B | February – June...
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 17, 2021 – June 9, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Wednesday, February 17, 2021  6:00-7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to[...]
Mar
11
Thu
5:30 pm Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Mentors as Teachers, Learners, a...
Mar 11 @ 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[...]
Mar
13
Sat
9:00 am Essential Strategies for Positiv...
Essential Strategies for Positiv...
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Essential Strategies for Positive Parent Engagement: The term family partnerships characterize an ongoing, evolving, and integrated relationship between staff and families. Building a family partnership is an interactive process that takes time. Getting to know[...]
Mar
16
Tue
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | February – June...
EQIT Session C | February – June...
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: When: February 23 – June 15, 2021 MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm Classes will be held virtually on Mondays from 6:00 pm[...]

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