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Sep
21
Sat
Strolling Thunder @ the Capitol
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

STROLLING THUNDER is September 21, 2019!
The Spring Cafe, 1373 Grant St. & Colorado State Capitol | 9:30 – 11:30 am

This rally and “stroll” around the capital, sponsored by Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, will remind state legislators to #thinkbabies when making decisions affecting infants, toddlers, and their families! Think Babies was created by ZERO TO THREE and prioritizes four core policy areas: quality, affordable child care; time for parents to bond with their babies; healthy emotional development; and strong physical health and nutrition. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about Think Babies and the Strolling Thunder event. Join us and make sure every baby has the best start in life!

Register today at bit.ly/strollingthunderco

EQIT Session B | August – November 2019
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday)
Mandatory Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday classes are from 8:30 am -3:00 pm on the following dates:
August 31
September 7, 21
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, 30

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.

Sep
26
Thu
Intro to the Environmental Rating Scales | Face-to-Face
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This course will provide an overview of the Environment Rating Scales and describe how the tools are used in the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Register in PDIS.

Sep
28
Sat
Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Mini-Summit
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Natural Childhood: An ECHO Mini-Summit

Come explore the importance of outdoor play in early childhood settings and learn hands-on ways to engage children outdoors!
The cost to attend this event is $10. Light breakfast will be provided.
Click here to register.
Click here for flyer.

EQIT Session A | July – September 2019
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday)
Mandatory Orientation on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
August 1 – September 28, 2019
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 28 (Sat.)
Tuesday evening classes (6:00-9:00 pm) with one Saturday class (8:30 am -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 for flyer and full schedule.
Click here to register.

Oct
2
Wed
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) PLC | Cohort 1
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what happens early in life and later outcomes.

  • Learn how to support challenging behaviors by understanding ACEs
  • See those you work with through a different lens
  • Reflect on how this information changes how you interact with the children & adults in your classrooms.
  • Learn about caring for ourselves while providing trauma-informed care
  • Explore next steps for community

Click here to register.

Oct
3
Thu
Family Support & Education Committee
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This committee meets the first Thursday of the month from 1 – 2:30 pm in CPCD Room 210 (2340 Robinson Street). For more about this committee, please contact Erika Cincotta at 719.466.9562.

The Family Support & Education Committee assists in the work of Alliance for Kids which aligns its work with the work with the Strategic Plan and Early Childhood Colorado Framework

The relationship between children and their families is the foundation upon which children’s lives depend. The care and support of the family is crucial to a child’s overall successful development. By providing support and information to families, the Alliance for Kids ensures that each child has that necessary foundation. We collaborate with the providers of early childhood services, and the families they serve, to ensure that the children of El Paso County have what is required to succeed in school and life.

  • Strong families and healthy children create thriving communities.
  • Every parent needs support at home, at work and throughout the community, from families, friends, neighbors, and community resources.

We recognize that true partnership occurs when parents and families have the support they need along with the knowledge and skills to function in leadership roles.

Oct
5
Sat
Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshop | 10.5.19
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Alliance for Kids offers two annual Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshops which include the “Surviving an Active Shooter Training-Run, Hide, Fight.”

After the October training, the next opportunity will be on March 5, 2020. 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 help equip child care providers for emergencies before they occur.

October 5, 2019 | Click to Register
March 5, 2020 | Click to Register

Music Play for Story Time & Beyond | October 2019
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This training will provide early childhood professionals with a basic understanding of how young children learn music and why music learning promotes ALL learning.  Participants will learn ten developmentally appropriate strategies to foster music development during story time and other playful circle time activities.  The training will include live story time demonstrations incorporating the music learning strategies, during which participants will be encouraged to sing, move, play and act like young children!   Participants will also practice using three of the strategies with one of their favorite books.

Click here to register.

 

EQIT Session B | August – November 2019
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Important! Please note the specific times listed below:

Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Saturday)
Mandatory Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday classes are from 8:30 am -3:00 pm on the following dates:
August 31
September 7, 21
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, 30

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.

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