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Feb
29
Sat
Pyramid Plus Approach Training | Winter 2020
Feb 29 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior?
  • Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way?

Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course during which participants will learn specific strategies to enhance the social/emotional development of the children they work with, how and why to encourage inclusion, and how to better support children with challenging behavior. Participants will receive 48 hours of training for only $250.00.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered to have met the educational requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses. If interested in Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Pikes Peak Community College, please contact Erica Evans, AFK Professional Development Specialist, at EEvans@allianceforkids.org.

You may purchase a Curriculum Binder in advance with your registration or on the first day of training.

Click HERE for training flyer.

Click HERE to register.

Mar
2
Mon
EQIT Session C | January – March 2020
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm

January 8 – March 14, 2020
Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The two Saturday classes will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

January: 8, 13, 15, 22
February:  1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, 26
March 2, 14

The 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive, fun activities.

The EQIT 48-hour course of training is a Department of Humans Services approved training that meets the infant/toddler training requirements for the Colorado Division of Child Care. Upon completion, participants will be considered to have met the infant toddler portion of the training requirements* in accordance with the Colorado Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family child care home license.

Click here for flyer and full schedule.
Click here to register.

Mar
3
Tue
STEM Training: Ramps and Pathways as a Tool to Reach ALL Learners
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Series Overview: This series investigates Ramps and Pathways as a launching point into engineering and problem-solving curriculum for your classroom or program. Exciting research has found that when young children engage in hands-on engineering, all types of children reap cognitive and social-emotional benefits: girls and boys, of all races and ethnicities, with different physical and cognitive abilities, from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, and English Language Learners. In this 4-part series, investigate Ramps & Pathways while creating a tailor-made implementation guide that you can start immediately. Easy-to-implement guide will get you started and the children take care of the rest! Recommended to attend in teaching teams (classrooms). Attend one training or the entire series (Bonus STEM book if you attend all four sessions).

Click HERE to register for one or more sessions.

Training 1: Introduction of Ramps & Pathways Curriculum
Let’s start with the basics of Ramps and Pathways curriculum including what materials to gather, preparing the environment and schedule, and intentionally building 21st century skills like collaboration, persistence, and empathy. Active learning with hands-on design challenges with Ramps and Pathways will get your creative juices flowing. Gather curriculum resources to co-create a Ramps and Pathways construction kit out of household and recyclable items with families and community members.

Training 2: Collaborative Implementation of Ramps & Pathways
Now that we’ve laid a foundation, we dive into how to set up design challenges, create goals, and navigate problem-solving and engineering play as a team. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Ramps & Rollers Teacher Guide will introduce a variety of physics concepts in a simple and effective way as we practice walking through problems and challenges together. Involve families and community in the excitement as we discover the power of Ramps and Pathways in opening up children, instilling confidence, and fostering meaningful solution-oriented learning that benefit all children for the rest of their lives.

Training 3: Supporting Diverse Learning Needs Using Ramps & Pathways
For this workshop, we dive deeper into how to support children with exceptional needs, on both ends of the learning spectrum. Working with diverse loose parts like ramps (and all the fun accessories), gives children of all ages and abilities an intriguing and rewarding experience; motivating children to work together while communicating ideas, wants, and needs in order to achieve a desired goal. Plan developmentally appropriate design challenges and practice simple observation and questioning strategies to guide children as they create, collaborate, and communicate to achieve a shared goal, all while building essential social-emotional skills.

Training 4: Reflective Practice and Community Building in Engineering:
The use of reflective practice in engineering is essential in the learning process, and the involvement of the entire community is equally as important. Come celebrate accomplishments from our investigations and gather new ideas on reflective practice and involving families and community in Ramps and Pathways curriculum. Bring your best design challenge for our small group competition with prizes! Become inspired and motivated to incorporate engineering of all types into your daily classroom life and build a caring learning community in the process.

Mar
5
Thu
Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshop | March 5, 2020
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Alliance for Kids offers two annual Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshops which include the “Surviving an Active Shooter Training-Run, Hide, Fight.” Each participant receives an “Emergency Preparedness Toolkit” which includes different templates for emergency operation planning that you can share with your families. The trainer is Lynn Garst, Pediatric Disaster Coordinator for the Colorado Health Department.

AFK’s goal is to equip child care providers to be prepared for emergencies before an they occur.

March 5, 2020 | Click to Register

Mar
7
Sat
Pyramid Plus Approach Training | Winter 2020
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior?
  • Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way?

Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course during which participants will learn specific strategies to enhance the social/emotional development of the children they work with, how and why to encourage inclusion, and how to better support children with challenging behavior. Participants will receive 48 hours of training for only $250.00.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered to have met the educational requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses. If interested in Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Pikes Peak Community College, please contact Erica Evans, AFK Professional Development Specialist, at EEvans@allianceforkids.org.

You may purchase a Curriculum Binder in advance with your registration or on the first day of training.

Click HERE for training flyer.

Click HERE to register.

EQIT Session D | February – May 2020
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday Classes:
February 22
March 7, 21
April 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30

Saturday classes will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive, fun activities.

The EQIT 48-hour course of training is a Department of Humans Services approved training that meets the infant/toddler training requirements for the Colorado Division of Child Care. Upon completion, participants will be considered to have met the infant toddler portion of the training requirements* in accordance with the Colorado Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family child care home license.

Click here to register.

Mar
9
Mon
EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
Monday, March 9, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday Evenings with TWO Saturdays:
March 11, 18, 25
April 1, 11, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 13

Wednesday classes will be from 6-9:00 pm.
Saturday
classes will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive, fun activities.

The EQIT 48-hour course of training is a Department of Humans Services approved training that meets the infant/toddler training requirements for the Colorado Division of Child Care. Upon completion, participants will be considered to have met the infant toddler portion of the training requirements* in accordance with the Colorado Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family child care home license.

Click HERE to register.

Mar
11
Wed
EQIT Session E | March – June 2020
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

MANDATORY ORIENTATION:
Monday, March 9, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday Evenings with TWO Saturdays:
March 11, 18, 25
April 1, 11, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 13

Wednesday classes will be from 6-9:00 pm.
Saturday
classes will be from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive, fun activities.

The EQIT 48-hour course of training is a Department of Humans Services approved training that meets the infant/toddler training requirements for the Colorado Division of Child Care. Upon completion, participants will be considered to have met the infant toddler portion of the training requirements* in accordance with the Colorado Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family child care home license.

Click HERE to register.

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

This committee meets the second Thursday of each month (except during October, January, April, and July) from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). *Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email Tina Fennell or call 719.291.8112. 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.

Mar
14
Sat
Pyramid Plus Approach Training | Winter 2020
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Do you need tools and strategies to effectively respond to challenging classroom behavior?
  • Would you benefit from training/resources that addresses including all children in a meaningful way?

Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-hour course during which participants will learn specific strategies to enhance the social/emotional development of the children they work with, how and why to encourage inclusion, and how to better support children with challenging behavior. Participants will receive 48 hours of training for only $250.00.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered to have met the educational requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses. If interested in Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Pikes Peak Community College, please contact Erica Evans, AFK Professional Development Specialist, at EEvans@allianceforkids.org.

You may purchase a Curriculum Binder in advance with your registration or on the first day of training.

Click HERE for training flyer.

Click HERE to register.

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