Family Child Care Providers

Family Child Care

NAFCC offers free webinars!

They offer CEU credits for webinars – learn more.

Register for webinars – click here.

Webinar Recording: Improving Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.

Home Network Happenings

We support Family Child Care (FCC) Providers by offering:

  • Technical Assistance and Coaching
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Materials Lending Library
  • Business Efficiencies
  • Assistance with Enrollment
  • Partnerships to provide Early Head Start and Head Start Services  

We have worked with FCC Providers for 19 years!                                           

All of our coaches have Colorado Coaching Credentials and have been FCC Providers themselves!    

Come join us!                                                       

For more information:  Josie Watters

(719) 632-1754 ext. 1014

The CCCAP Attendance Tracking System is LIVE!

Need assistance making the ATS work for you?

Contact Geanina Brown, Quality Initiatives Coach Supervisor, or call 719.651.3484 to schedule an AFK staff member to support you.

Providers can log into ATS from

To support your work with families and providers, the Office of Early Childhood is sharing a parent/caregiver handout and a provider handout with the latest information. You may also:

·     Visit the Office of Early Childhood website

·     Call the ATS Help Desk for technical assistance at 844.447.4441 or

·     Email

Has your program been rated in Colorado Shines?

Alliance for Kids is happy to announce that we support 512 programs in Colorado Shines, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for early care and learning programs. One hundred (100) of these programs are rated high quality (Levels 3-5).

We are committed to providing training and technical assistance to help your program reach its Colorado Shines rating goals.

Why Colorado Shines?

The early years are a very important period for a child’s learning and development. Quality early learning programs prepare children for kindergarten and success in school.

About Colorado Shines

Colorado Shines rates Colorado’s early care and learning programs, connects families with quality programs, and helps programs improve their quality.

This is how the Colorado Shines quality-rating scale works:
Level 1: The program is licensed with the State of Colorado, is regularly monitored and follows the requirements of Colorado’s Early Learning & Development Guidelines (
Level 2: The program is meeting the requirements of Level 1 and is taking steps to improve quality.
Level 3-5: The program is licensed, has achieved high quality and is rated based on how it:

  • Supports children’s health and safety
  • Ensures staff are well-trained and effective
  • Provides a supportive learning environment that teaches children new skills
  • Helps families to become partners in their child’s learning
  • Uses strong leadership and business practices

Colorado Shines QRIS (Quality Rating & Improvement System)

Colorado Shines QRIS is a method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado. This system provides standardized criteria for all child care providers in Colorado to be rated for quality, and provides incentives and supports to providers that wish to raise the level of quality care available at their facility.  Quality is rated using a blocks and points system.  For more information, or to register your site, visit

What’s NEW in QRIS?

  • Providers will now have the ability to print their Colorado Shines rating certificate directly from the program dashboard homepage.
  • Providers will now be able to import confirmation that their staff have completed their Individual Professional Development Plans from PDIS.
  • Providers will be able to apply through the Colorado Shines QRIS portal to be recognized as holding Alternative Pathway Accreditation.
  • Providers with a Level 2 rating will now be able to submit an application to maintain their Level 2 status.

Alliance for Kids is here to help!
In need of technical assistance? Unsure of QRIS requirements?

Alliance for Kids hosts regular Q&A/Work Sessions to support providers, directors, and staff members with Colorado Shines.  All sessions take place in computer labs, allowing for technical support, along with any questions you have about the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Call 719.291.8112 for more information or for one-on-one assistance.

PDIS (Professional Development Information System)

The PDIS is a website to host all of your personal professional development information, and provides free online professional development opportunities.  This website is for staff, including teachers and assistant teachers, directors, and family child care providers and staff.  The information on your PDIS account will be linked with the Colorado Shines account of the center or home where you currently work.  To access PDIS you simply need an email address. Visit for more information, or to register.

Alliance for Kids is here to help!
In need of technical assistance? Unsure of PDIS requirements?

Alliance for Kids hosts regular Q&A/Work sessions to support providers, directors, and staff members with Colorado Shines.  All sessions take place in computer labs, allowing for technical support, along with any questions you have about the new Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Contact Geanina Brown for more information or for one-on-one assistance.

What’s NEW in PDIS:

The Early Childhood Professional Development Team at Colorado Department of Education is pleased to make several equivalencies for the Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0 available in the PDIS.  Through these options, individuals can submit specific documentation to earn an identified level of the Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0.  These options include the following:

  • CDE EC/ECSE Teacher License Equivalency earns a Level 3 EC Professional Credential
  • Early Childhood National Board Certification Equivalency earns a Level 3 EC Professional Credential
  • CDA Equivalency earns a Level 2 EC Professional Credential

While these equivalency options provide additional pathways to earn these specific credential levels, individuals may also earn a higher credential level by submitting full documentation through the EC Professional Credential 2.0 points based system.

Please click here for step by step instructions to apply for a credential equivalency; appropriate documentation must be submitted as outlined in these instructions for the credential equivalency to be awarded.

Applications for the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant are now OPEN.

For the latest grant application information and eligibility details, please view our two new flyers.

There are TWO STEPS to the application process:

First, login to Colorado Shines QRIS.
Click on Application.
Click on each tab of the QRIS Quality Application.
Update your site’s information and click Save.
As you complete each tab, scroll to the top to click the “profile complete and ready to submit” box.
Click the Submit Application button.

Second, while still logged in to QRIS, click on Quality Improvement, then click on the QI Incentives tab.
Click on the blue renew or apply button to complete the Grant Application.

Tina Fennell, Quality Improvement Navigator Assistant


Are you looking to add another level of support for your teachers to help transfer knowledge into practice in the classroom and provide a relationship in which they can set and attain professional goals?

Are you interested in providing reflective settings for teachers to think through their practice and have opportunities to discuss their ideas about the ways that they teach?

Coaching opportunities have been shown to increase transfer of learning to 95% and also provides teachers with psychological supports they need to persist in learning. Alliance for Kids is proud to offer coaching hours through Quality Improvement Initiatives and is also working to build the community of credentialed coaches in El Paso County.

For complete coaching information, visit our Coaching page.
For additional information, contact Geanina Brown, Quality Initiatives Coach Supervisor.

Background Checks

These rules align background check requirements with Federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Regulations. 

REVIEW THE RULES HERE or visit the Office of Early Childhood website for more information.

Start Preparing Now! 

  • Review notable changes (below) as well as the full rule document (linked above).
  • Ensure all current employees are aware of the potential changes.
  • Inform all current employees who have not had a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check in the last five (5) years they will likely need to have a new background check completed.
  • Inform all staff eighteen (18) years of age and over they will likely need to complete all background checks.
  • Be prepared to ensure new staff who start on or after September 30, 2018 have all required background checks on file before caring for children.
  • Be prepared to ensure all volunteers have required background checks on file by September 30, 2018.

Notable changes include:

  • Requirements for current employees:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks required every five (5) years. 
    • All background checks required for staff under the age of 18.
  • Requirements for staff employed starting on September 30, 2018:
    • Individuals who care or supervise children or who have unsupervised access to children must successfully complete all required background checks before caring for, or being allowed unsupervised access to children.
    • Individuals with cleared CBI or FBI record checks may care for children while supervised for a period no longer than 90 days.
  • Requirements for Family Child Care Homes and Qualified Exempt Child Care Homes:
    • Residents of child care homes, ages 18 years and older, must complete all required background checks. 
    • New residents of child care homes, ages 18 years and older, must submit all required background checks within five (5) calendar days. Unsupervised access to children in care is not to be allowed until all required background checks have been successfully completed. 
    • Residents of the home turning 18 must submit a CBI and FBI background check within fourteen  (14) days of turning 18.
  • Requirements for volunteers:
    • Volunteers who care or supervise children or who have unsupervised access to children must complete all required background checks.
    • Volunteers who provide infrequent and irregular supervised care or supervised parent volunteers do not need to comply with background checks. 

Results of the CBI, FBI and Abuse and Neglect checks must be kept on file and be available for review upon request.

Specific questions regarding the new rules may be directed to the Office of Early Childhood’s Background Investigation Unit at

For additional information, contact Geanina Brown, Quality Initiatives Coach Supervisor.

Qualifications and Guidelines for Substitutes

Summary of Licensing Changes | January 2020
  • Substitutes for Infant/Toddler Family Child Care Homes and Large Family Child Care homes must be equally qualified (same qualifications as the primary provider).
  • Per the 7.707.31 B clarification, – only Infant Toddler Home Substitutes are required to have taken EQIT: Equally qualified means that the provider, employee, or substitute provide has the same required training and qualifications as the primary provider as specified in Family Child Care rules. Each provider must have completed Expanding Quality for Infants & Toddlers training (EQIT).

Read full qualifications and guidelines HERE.

Contact an AFK Team Member

Alliance for Kids brings a collaborative approach to Quality Improvement outreach, assets/supports, coaching and professional development, to better streamline the process for you.  Please contact the Specialist below for your specific need:

Quality Improvement Initiatives & Coaching: 
Geanina Brown, Early Childhood Workforce (Development) Manager | 719.651.3484

Credentials/Scholarships, PDIS, or EQIT: 
Erica Evans, Infant and Toddler Specialist | 719.233.0770

Grant Applications & Colorado Shines Technical Assistance (QRIS): 
Tina Fennell, Early Childhood Outreach Specialist | 719.291.8112

Child Care Provider Updates & Training Information (Registration|Dates|Times|Locations): 
Tina Fennell, Early Childhood Outreach Specialist | 719.291.8112

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