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What is FamilySPEAK?
Alliance for Kids seeks to strengthen families by providing family support, parent education and knowledge in one accessible location – our FamilySPEAK website. Our name represents our Family focus along with the acronym SPEAK (Support, Parent Education, and Knowledge). This site hopes to SPEAK to you and your needs as parents, family members, caregivers, as well as to organizations serving families in our community. Providing resources and supports positively impacts our community as families thrive and children develop their potential. We’re also on Facebook so be sure to follow us!
How do we support parents & families?
FamilySPEAK partners with community agencies and organizations to develop and implement a systems approach to parent education. We organize parenting education & resources county-wide, built on collaboration among families, agencies and the community. We enhance positive parenting practices and promote the health and optimal development of children and youth.
Is your child being cared for regularly by a family member, friend, or neighbor?
If a family member, friend, or neighbor is providing regular child care for your child, especially during this COVID-19 crisis, Alliance for Kids is here to help! We can provide your caregiver with no-cost, personalized, virtual support and early learning resources/ideas designed to help children thrive. To learn more, contact Kim Santaniello, Early Childhood Coach, at 719.650.3736 or KSantaniello@jointinitiatives.org, or share our FREE FFN FLYER 2021 with them. (FREE=Fostering Resilience in Early Education)
Are you considering or planning to enroll a child in kindergarten?
FamilySPEAK offers families a hub of kindergarten information. Visit FamilySPEAK.org/kindergarten for information about school choice enrollment, finding your “home” school based on your address, links to each El Paso County school district, an Education Guide listing all area schools, school- and district-specific information for Fall 2021, and many resources for helping families navigate their child’s transition to kindergarten.
Is your family hosting or participating in a Learning Pod?
Learning pods are being formed by families of school-age children in homes of parents and other adults to facilitate the supervision of the children who are learning remotely during the school day. The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) are providing parents and caregivers with guidance regarding joining a learning pod this school year. CDHS and CDE released the guidance, called the Resource Guide for Individuals Hosting and Families Participating in Instructional Learning Pods, to help families navigate different learning environments for their children. Use the Resource Guide link or read more HERE.
You're invited to join us.
We deeply value community partnerships and the experiences of parents and caregivers. We invite you to bring your thoughts on supporting parents and families in our community to the table, either by joining the Family Support & Education Committee of AFK. The goal is to increase family knowledge of and access to high quality comprehensive services and resources to promote healthy child development. Your insights will help us build a seamless system of care for young children and their families in El Paso County.
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