Council & Committees
How AFK is Built
The next meeting of the Council will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
2330 Robinson Street, Rooms 224/225
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How Alliance for Kids is Built – View Flyer
- 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.
- Bricks – Council members come together to form the walls of the house.
- Mortar – The AFK staff works with the Coordinator and Council members to implement the Council’s Strategic Plan and the state-mandated SOW.
- Window – The Executive Committee functions as the advisory committee for the Council.
- Walls – Subcommittees meet monthly to focus on the areas of Learning & Development, Health & Well-Being, and Family Support & Education.
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We invite you to become a brick! Help us build a seamless system of care for young children and their families! To learn more about becoming part of AFK Council, click here.
The Executive Committee functions as the advisory committee for the Council. This committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Learning & Development
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). For dates, visit our calendar. *Lunch will be provided. For committee details or to RSVP, email Teresa Smarsh or call 719.659.7198.
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.
All are welcome to attend and may email Deanna Stark or call 719.291.8112.
Health & Well-Being
This committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 12 – 1 pm in the AFK Conference Room (2335 Robinson Street). For more about this committee, please contact Jackie Florendo.
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.
Family Support & Education
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 Dana Scarbrough at 719.466.0099.
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 Specialist
Please click on our Scorecard icon 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.