What is Coaching?


Alliance for Kids did a study in 2015-2016 with a group of EQIT participants who received coaching. These were teachers, family child care providers, and directors just like you. On average, 95% of participants in the study reported an increase in competence and confidence, their ability to build relationships with children, their sense of professionalism, and their job satisfaction. Everyone wants to have a fulfilling job that they are great at, and coaches can come along beside you can help get you there!

What is coaching all about?

  • A safe space to reflect on your work and grow as a professional
  • Focused on strengths you have and how to build on those
  • Talking about challenges you face in your workplace and brainstorm positive solutions
  • Personalized to your work environment, style of teaching, and areas of interest
  • A way to increase and/or maintain quality programming for the children in your classroom

What coaching can do for your profession:

  • Earn points on the Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
  • Just one coaching observation can earn you up to 10 points toward your professional credential!
  • Earn Points on Colorado Shines for your center!

Quality Improvement Coaching

Director and Classroom Coaches will provide you with the Practice-Based Coaching necessary to reach your Quality Improvement goals by:

    1. Planning goals and action steps that make sense for your program.
    2. Engaging in focused observation.
    3. Reflecting on and sharing feedback about teaching or administrative practices.

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant funds may be used for coaching.

What is EQIT RELATE Coaching?

In addition to the 48 hours of direct EQIT class time, infant and toddler participants may receive hands-on, on-site coaching using the EQIT RELATE Coaching Model.  The EQIT coach is trained in strengths-based coaching and spends time with participants to help them identify all the things they do well and helps them implement the new ideas learned in EQIT classes into their everyday work with infants and toddlers.

Infant and toddler participants may receive a minimum of five hours of coaching, however, additional coaching may be requested. Completing eight or more hours of coaching allows participants to receive two points towards the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0 in the Professional Information System (PDIS).  EQIT course graduates may continue working with their EQIT coach for up to one year following the training, pending availability of funded coaching hours.

For more information on EQIT coaching, contact Kelly Hurtado at
For information about upcoming EQIT training sessions, please visit the EQIT page.

Fee-Based Coaching

AFK offers the following coaching packages for a fee. For more information on the items below, please contact Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315:

  • CLASS Coaching – Classroom
  • CLASS Coaching – Individual Professional Development
  • ERS for a Classroom
  • ERS for Individual Professional Development
  • Colorado Shines Rating Preparation
  • Other

We accept payments for coaching using PayPal – no account needed.


Reflective Supervision

Are you a coach in El Paso County that is in need of Reflective Supervision? Please contact Kelly Hurtado to find out more about local opportunities to engage in this professional development for coaches.

Interested in Becoming a Credentialed Coach? 

Information regarding becoming a credentialed coach can be found at Email or call Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315 for more information.
Coaching Credential Renewal Application Checklist
Is it time to renew your Early Childhood Coaching Credential?  Level 1 coaching credentials must be renewed every three years. Level 2 and Level 3 applications must be renewed every five years. 
It is important to remember that a renewal does not require an application for a higher credential level.
Your coaching credential will remain in good standing as long as the complete renewal application is submitted for processing by the credential expiration date. The credential processing timeline is unchanged.  Applications received by the 15th of the month will be processed by the 15th of the following month.

CO Early Childhood Professional Credential & Coaching Points Update

For details, contact:

Geanina Brown
Quality Initiatives Coach Supervisor

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