Early Childhood News & Updates

Celebrating Week of the Young Child!

The Foundations program invites you to join in celebrating Week of the Young Child from April 4 – 8, 2022! Check out our FUN WOTYC flyer with all daily activities and the Zoom link to participate – and share it too! Join us on Zoom from NOON – 1 PM:

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Joint Initiatives Launches NEW Website!

Joint Initiatives for Youth + Families (JI) is excited to launch its newly designed website! Alliance for Kids, El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council, is housed under the Foundations program of JI. JI’s recent rebranding project comes to life on the website, incorporating the new JI logo, colors, and program

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COVID Notification Template for ECE Programs + Resources

  A NEW child care and school exposure template letter that can be used to notify close contacts of a case. Feel free to add the text to your letterhead and make adjustments to meet your community’s needs. Also, please see some additional topics and resources below: Mobile vaccination request

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Child Care Stabilization Grants are OPEN!

The Child Care Stabilizations grants are here! All licensed providers should have received an email from MetrixIQ, the company that is managing the application for these funds. Specifically, this email came from and was sent to the individual that you have listed as the primary contact within the state database. This email

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Advocacy Training | Earn 2.5 PDIS Credit Hours!

Join Save the Children Action Network on January 17, 2022, for a film discussion and 50-minute training about early childhood investments and advocacy.  You can join the 12:00 PM training or the 6:00 PM training on January 17. Register below for the event. Viewing the film before the event is required. For

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1.10.22 | Updated COVID-19 School and Child Care Guidance

El Paso County Public Health has updated the child care and school guidance (attached). This can also be found on their website here. This updated guidance reflects the new quarantine and isolation recommendations and changes released by the CDC and adopted by CDPHE. Those changes include: Modified isolation requirements Modified

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FREE COVID-19 Test Kits for Licensed Child Care Providers | Order Today!

  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is distributing 500,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that include a telehealth visit for use within the next three months (through mid-February 2022). Licensed child care providers ‒ including family child care homes, child care centers, preschools, and school-age child care

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Child Care COVID Reporting Tool

Dear Child Care Owners and Operators, We (El Paso County Public Health) have been seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community including in our early childhood education settings. We wanted to offer you a tool to report cases and remind you of several different ways to reach us.

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PDIS Updates + Spanish Resources

New Colorado Shines PDIS offers aYouTube Playlist with instructions on the new system! Check it out! PDIS Credential 3.0Did you know that when you apply for a PDIS Credential 3.0, you begin the application with a Pre-Check that confirms that you are eligible for the qualification you are seeking? In

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