Funding & Structure
The Alliance for Kids is the Early Childhood Council for El Paso County. Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families is the fiscal agent and staff employer for Alliance for Kids.
Council members who come together are public and private stakeholders are children’s service providers, community organizations, parents, business leaders, and citizens; all coming together for the purpose of developing and ultimately implementing a comprehensive system of early childhood services for children in the community to ensure school readiness. The Council meets 4-5 times per year and is the oversight body for the Council responsible for developing and approving the Strategic Plan and approving the annual budget. Carrying out the strategies outlined in the Strategic Plan is the responsibility of all Council members and is accomplished through their participation on three standing committees aligned to the Early Childhood Colorado Framework: Learning & Development, Family Support & Education, and Health & Well-Being.
The Executive Committee functions as the advisory committee for the Council and includes two Co-Chairs, the past Co-Chair, each Subcommittee Chair, the Fiscal Agent President/CEO, three Members-at-Large, and the Council Coordinator (non-voting member).
- Colorado Departments of Human Services provides monetary and technical assistance for the Quality Improvement project including Colorado Shines and EQIT, as well as Systems Building.
- Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation provides resources and supports for the Alliance Office of Professional Development (AOPD). AOPD provides Early Childhood Education (ECE) college scholarships to increase the availability of formal education and professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals and support the efforts of the ECE workforce to increase their levels of post-secondary education and certifications by providing these professionals with scholarship funding, a liaison/mentor, and an interconnected system of resources and training opportunities.
- Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation funding is utilized to extend the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Project’s reach into the rural remote areas already served by the ECMH Project including Park and Teller County and the rural boundaries of El Paso County. A partnership between JI-AFK and The Resource Exchange (TRE) is the primary strategy for implementation of the work.
- The El Paso County Department of Human Services provides funding for the Quality Enhancement Initiative to include outreach, information, resources, and supports for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Early Care and Education programs to raise and/or maintain quality within their program as well as provides similar supports, resources, and information for CCCAP families.
- Alliance for Kids member organizations provide meeting space free of charge for some meetings. Council members volunteer their time to participate in Council meetings (the oversight committee of Council) as well as participate in advisory monthly meetings to build and improve a comprehensive Early Childhood System in our community for the young children and families of El Paso County.