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.

Grants for coaching are available.
Click here to apply for the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant.

Pyramid Plus Approach Coaching

Alliance for Kids is thrilled to be able to offer Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) Coaching to teachers throughout El Paso County.  This coaching allows teachers to receive support in implementing the social emotional skills and practices they learned about in the Pyramid Plus Approach Training.  Our Pyramid Plus Coach works closely with these early childhood professionals to support their professional development goals by targeting needs at all three levels of the pyramid helping to understand the concept of the Pyramid Model Framework. This coaching is provided to as many sites as possible pending availability of funded coaching hours.

Alliance for Kids is thrilled to be able to offer Pyramid Plus Approach 

In order to receive this coaching you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of, or enrollment in, the full Pyramid Plus Approach Training.
  • Time and coverage must be provided to meet outside of the classroom every other week for two hours and be open to having your coach visit your classroom on the “off weeks” for an hour.
  • Collaboration with your administrator to ensure that the coaching and time away from the classroom are a good fit for your program.

What do teachers in El Paso County have to say about Pyramid Plus Approach Coaching?

  • “It’s a great approach to help children with some challenging behaviors.”
  • “Once we started using [the tools]…it just sticks with you. And it works….it has become part of our routine; it’s just part of what we do.”
  • “If you are going to work in child care or be a teacher or director, (anything that has to do with young children), I think you should take this class. I would take this class again.  I would take the coaching again.  I would do it all again…very useful.”
  • “It’s changed the way that I deal with the kids. You can see it in them [the other children]… how they interact and deal with each other, and teachers, and our classroom.”

If you are interested in becoming a pyramid plus community classroom, please contact Kelly Hurtado for information on the application process.

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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.

For details, contact:

Kelly Hurtado
Quality Improvement Manager

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