Council & Committees

Council & Committees

How AFK is Built

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  • Alliance for Kids is a home, built to bring agencies and individuals together to work collaboratively on a seamless system of care for young children and their families in El Paso County.
  • The roof over AFK and two other initiatives is provided by Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families.
  • The building permit is provided by the State of Colorado.
  • Walls – The Community Network is open to everyone and meets quarterly for the purpose of connecting, networking, and taking action.
  • Mortar – The AFK staff works with the Coordinator and Council members to implement the Council’s Strategic Plan and the state-mandated SOW.
  • Windows – Council members provide oversight for Alliance for Kids.
  • Bricks – AFK’s subcommittees of Learning & Development, Health & Well-Being, and Family Support & Education are where organization representatives and individuals meet regularly to further the work of the Council in each area.

Help us build a thriving Council!
AFK invites you to become involved by attending Community Network meetings and/or participating on a subcommittee. Help us build a seamless system of care for young children and their families!

AFK Council

Members of the Alliance for Kids Council meet monthly (see Our Members page). For more information, contact Alliance for Kids at 719.634.8045.

Next meeting: January 16, 2020 | 6 – 8 pm | Location TBD

Are you looking for the one place to connect with local partners engaged in the early childhood conversation? Come and attend the Alliance for Kids Community Network – the premiere early childhood networking event! Connect and network with community partners and learn about local opportunities as well as statewide efforts in the field of early childhood.

After the meeting, your role will be to take action by building on the connections you’ve made and sharing the knowledge you’ve gained to further the vision of AFK to “make El Paso County the best place to raise a child.”

Future Meeting Dates: April 16, and July 16

Click HERE for full Community Network & Committee Schedule (including contact info).

Learning & Development

This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street) during August, September, November, December, February, March, May, and June. For dates, visit our calendar. *Lunch will be provided. To RSVP for a meeting, please call 719.291.8112. For committee information, please email Kelly Hurtado or call 719.291.9315.

Click HERE for full Community Network & Committee Schedule (including contact info).

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.

Learning & Development | Goal 1 Scorecard

Health & Well-Being

This committee will meet on October 21st from 12 – 1 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). Future meetings will be held in November (date TBD), February, May, and August on the fourth Wednesday from 12 – 1 pm in the AFK Conference Room. For dates and details, visit our calendar. All are welcome and may email Bernie McCarron for more information.

Click HERE for full Community Network & Committee Schedule (including contact info).

The Health & Well-Being Committee assists in the work of Alliance for Kids which aligns its work with work with the Strategic Plan and Early Childhood Colorado Framework.

Early childhood is a time of major developmental milestones and growth, and the first five years of life play a crucial role in defining later years. Children’s mental health is a key indicator of their continuing ability to maintain self-control, build positive relationships, and achieve academic success. This development begins in infancy and continues throughout childhood. It’s especially important during this time to encourage positive social-emotional, cognitive, behavioral and mental health. Positive interactions, reading, and play all stimulate healthy development and happy children. The Alliance for Kids works with local mental health service providers to ensure that all children and their families have access to appropriate mental health screenings and services.

Health & Well-Being | Goal 2 Scorecard

Pyramid Plus Project Impact Story

Family Support & Education

This committee meets in November, February, May, and August on the first Thursday of the month from 1 – 2:30 pm at Catholic Charities (Helen Hunt Campus, 917 E. Moreno). For dates, visit our calendar. For more about this committee, please contact Erika Cincotta at 719.466.9562.

Click HERE for full Community Network & Committee Schedule (including contact info).

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.

Family Support & Education | Goal 3 Scorecard

Strategic Plan 2017-20 | Click Here to View

Please click below to see the progress made in key areas that are the focus of our work as defined by Goals of the AFK Strategic Plan.

Learning & Development | Goal 1 Scorecard

Health & Well-Being | Goal 2 Scorecard

Family Support & Education | Goal 3 Scorecard

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