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Oct
28
Wed
Learning Series for Care Providers & Families | Social-Emotional/Behavior Supports
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Alliance for Kids, in partnership with The Resource Exchange, is offering a new five-part Learning Series designed to support you in meeting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of children in your care. The series seeks to strengthen resiliency in children, parents, and care providers in times of stress, and topics will include:

  • Recognize and understand the impact of stress on adults and their relationships with children
  • Understand how stress impacts children and their behaviors.
  • Understand how to support developmentally appropriate child behavior.
  • Gain tools for supporting resiliency in adults and children that combat the effects of stress
  • Creating effective child/parent/teacher relationships

Click on Learning Series dates for details and registration:

October 28, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

December 2, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Future session dates will be provided in next PD Update.

View the Learning Series flyer HERE.

If you would like immediate assistance in supporting a child in your care with their social-emotional or behavioral needs, please contact Bernadine McCarron, AFK’s Health & Behavior Supports Supervisor, at 719.205.2691. This is a FREE support facilitated by Alliance for Kids with programming provided in partnership with The Resource Exchange.

Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship Info Session
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship allows job seekers and early learning professionals to choose their own path to become Early Childhood Teacher/Director qualified while learning on-the job skills with on-site support.

Have you ever considered a career working with young children?  Being a child care professional can be a rewarding, respected, and important career.  If you have ever dreamed of being a teacher or working with small children, the Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship might be the right path for you.

  • Are you a current early childhood professional looking to increase quality in your early childhood program with support in developing skills in the classroom?
  • Do you have previous education and experience that you are looking to apply towards your early childhood teacher qualifications?
  • Are you looking to further your education with little or no cost to you?
  • Are you looking to be a part of a national movement in early care and learning?
  • Are you looking for increases in compensation as an early childhood professional?

To find out if this unique program is the pathway for you, register to participate in an information session. You’ll hear how the program works, how you’ll be supported throughout the process, and more about the benefits of apprenticeship. You may also read and/or share our Apprenticeship Flyer.

October 21 Session: Register HERE

October 28 Session: Register HERE

Essential Strategies for Creative Lesson Planning
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a two-part training where you will enjoy fun and hands-on exploration of the processes for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate environments, materials, and experiences for children birth to five.

Register HERE.

To download the October – December PD Catalog, click HERE.

Nov
4
Wed
Essential Strategies for Creative Lesson Planning
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a two-part training where you will enjoy fun and hands-on exploration of the processes for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate environments, materials, and experiences for children birth to five.

Register HERE.

To download the October – December PD Catalog, click HERE.

Nov
5
Thu
Adverse Childhood Experiences | Free Training
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families and Teller County Collaborative Management Program have partnered to offer a FREE Adverse Childhood Experiences online training for the community on November 5th from 1-3 p.m.

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can impact children’s’ health and well-being. They can have long-term effects on adult health and wellness. Their consequences can affect families, communities, and systems.

This webinar will help you understand and recognize ACEs. Get the insights you need to create healthier, happier childhoods for kids today and bring better futures for adults tomorrow. Learn about risk and protective factors for ACEs, their outcomes, and strategies you can use to reduce childhood adversity. This is an introductory training for EVERYONE, parents and professionals alike. All registrants will receive a certificate upon completion of the webinar.

Download the ACEs Flyer HERE.

Please register HERE.

For more information, contact:
Ashlee Shields
Collaborative Management Program Coordinator
Ashlee.shields@state.co.us
719-651-5205

Heidi Lynch
Program Manager for MTR Program
hlynch@jointinitiatives.org
719-651-3772

Nov
7
Sat
Leading Edge™ for Child Care Providers
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices when coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the ever-changing landscape of the Colorado workforce. In partnership with the Alliance for Kids and Early Connections Learning Centers, the SBDC is launching this 4-week impactful course with the goal of enhancing business owner skills.
This program is funded through a collaborative between the State of Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and the Colorado SBDC network. A primary objective of this project is to strengthen the child care provider business model and enhance business owner skills so that these critically important services can continue to support our local economies.

Register HERE.

Download flyer HERE.

To download the October – December PD Catalog, click HERE.

Nov
10
Tue
Mentors as Teachers, Learners, and Leader: PD Opportunities for the Mentor Teacher
Nov 10 @ 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 childhood teachers face increasing quality improvement standards, assessments, and expectations about what they should know and be able to do in promoting children’s early learning and development.  This training is designed to support the further development of experienced teachers in their important role of mentoring. Learn important strategies in supporting new teachers.

Register HERE.

Download the October – December PD Catalog HERE.

Nov
12
Thu
Learning & Development Committee
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm via Zoom. For committee information, please contact Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315.

The Learning & Development Committee is made up of agencies and individuals who work collaboratively on a seamless system of care to provide access, quality, and equity in learning and development for children prenatal to age eight and their families. It assists in the work of Alliance for Kids which aligns its work with the Strategic Plan and Early Childhood Colorado Framework.

The Learning & Development Committee has a standing agenda item for Education & Advocacy. The discussion includes: 1) educating families and the community on characteristics of quality early education and child care and the long term impact on children, families and the community; and 2) efforts to communicate relevant legislation to the community and organize community advocacy around Council approved policies. Visit our Advocacy page for more information.

Mentors as Teachers, Learners, and Leader: PD Opportunities for the Mentor Teacher
Nov 12 @ 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 childhood teachers face increasing quality improvement standards, assessments, and expectations about what they should know and be able to do in promoting children’s early learning and development.  This training is designed to support the further development of experienced teachers in their important role of mentoring. Learn important strategies in supporting new teachers.

Register HERE.

Download the October – December PD Catalog HERE.

Nov
14
Sat
Leading Edge™ for Child Care Providers
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices when coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the ever-changing landscape of the Colorado workforce. In partnership with the Alliance for Kids and Early Connections Learning Centers, the SBDC is launching this 4-week impactful course with the goal of enhancing business owner skills.
This program is funded through a collaborative between the State of Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and the Colorado SBDC network. A primary objective of this project is to strengthen the child care provider business model and enhance business owner skills so that these critically important services can continue to support our local economies.

Register HERE.

Download flyer HERE.

To download the October – December PD Catalog, click HERE.

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