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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, and our Help Line is 719.205.2691, which offers assistance with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 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.

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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HB21-1304 PASSES | Creates State Agency for Early Childhood!

HB21-1304, a bipartisan bill to create a state agency for early childhood in Colorado, has passed and is on its

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June PD Update NOW Available!

The June edition of the PD Update has everything you need to know about the changes coming to PDIS this

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NEW PDIS! Changes Launch in June!

The Office of Early Childhood is bringing you a new and improved Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Para obtener

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May EC News Now Available

Check out the new shorter format for all the details on a new early childhood Workforce Initiative, Family Voice Council,

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Upcoming Events

Jun
16
Wed
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jun
19
Sat
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jun
23
Wed
8:30 am A CLASS Primer for Teachers by ...
A CLASS Primer for Teachers by ...
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The CLASS Primer for Teachers from Teachstone® is a one-day (8 hours) training that provides a basic understanding of the CLASS methodology to teachers who will be observed during the school year. This training has[...]
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jun
26
Sat
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jun
30
Wed
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jul
1
Thu
6:00 pm ITERS-3 | ECERS-3 | FCCERS-3 (Se...
ITERS-3 | ECERS-3 | FCCERS-3 (Se...
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Clayton Early Learning and the Office of Early Childhood are excited to announce free training on the ECERS-3, ITERS-3, and FCCERS-3. Courses will be interactive and instructor-led eLearning training. Download the FLYER FINAL for details.[...]
Jul
7
Wed
12:30 pm Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Jul 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for a fun workshop on health, nutrition, and wellness! Learn about the sugar in beverages, how to eat more fruits/vegetables, and get more active with your family. This free online workshop is designed[...]
Jul
10
Sat
6:00 pm Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Pyramid Plus Approach Training |...
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior? Would you benefit from training/resources that address including all children in a meaningful way? Training is Wednesday evenings and Saturdays – visit[...]
Jul
14
Wed
12:30 pm Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Health and Wellness Workshop: Fo...
Jul 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for a fun workshop on health, nutrition, and wellness! Learn about the sugar in beverages, how to eat more fruits/vegetables, and get more active with your family. This free online workshop is designed[...]

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