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Alliance for Kids, El Paso County's Early Childhood Council, is housed under the Foundations program of Joint Initiatives for Youth + Families.

For Universal Pre-K and Local Coordinating Organization information, including local Input Sessions, click HERE

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.

We are here to support families, the early childhood workforce, organizations and agencies serving children/families, and our community as a whole! For assistance reaching the Foundations/Alliance for Kids team member best able to meet your needs, please call our Help Line at 719.205.2691. 

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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
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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 shares parenting classes and events for families on the Community Family Calendar of the Joint Initiatives for Youth + Families website.

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 Amber Pickens, Foundations Coach.

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 and professional development opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Our event calendars are now available on our NEWLY designed Joint Initiatives for Youth + Families website. They include the following:

News

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Celebrating Week of the Young Child!

The Foundations program invites you to join in celebrating Week of the Young Child from April 4 – 8, 2022!

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Joint Initiatives Launches NEW Website!

Joint Initiatives for Youth + Families (JI) is excited to launch its newly designed website! Alliance for Kids, El Paso

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COVID Notification Template for ECE Programs + Resources

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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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Community Resource Directory

Your Guide to local resources and supports for parents, Caregivers, and families.

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