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NEW Local Grant Opportunity for Early Childhood Education Programs!

The availability of early childhood education is vital to our community’s economic recovery! To support YOU, our community of early childhood education providers, as you plan to Sustain, Rebuild & Reinvent your programs, Alliance for Kids, in partnership with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, is launching a NEW local grant

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Promoting Social-Emotional Skills During Virtual Learning

Social-emotional development is especially important during early childhood. Promoting social skills in young children can help prevent challenging behavior and support the development of relationships with peers and adults. Both of these factors have been linked to academic success beyond childhood and into young adulthood. Children need multiple opportunities to

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Child Care & COVID-19 | Resources Guide Available

Child care programs provide essential support for children in their care as well as for working families. In the past few months, and especially in the month of October, there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in child care. The Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

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COVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Providers | Yale Study

New Report from Yale University: COVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Providers Researchers from Yale University released findings from a survey of over 55,000 child care providers regarding community transmission of COVID-19 within the child care system. The survey, COVID-19 Transmission in U.S. Child Care Programs, is one of the largest

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NEW AspenPointe COVID-19 Response Team

AspenPointe is excited to announce a new COVID Response Crisis Counseling Team that is offering free, short-term services. Support is available and is free and confidential. We have all had our lives changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schooling for children is so different during COVID and can cause additional

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Alliance for Kids Endorses Proposition EE | Vote YES on EE!

Alliance for Kids, El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council and Initiative of Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families, joins the community of advocates and leaders supporting this measure, including Save the Children Action Network, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance, and the American Heart Association and

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Leading Edge Series for Child Care Providers | Begins Saturday!

The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices when coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the ever-changing landscape of the Colorado workforce.

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School-Age Child Care Waivers Available

The Colorado Department of Human Services is offering licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care centers the opportunity to apply for waivers allowing temporary flexibility to care for additional school-age children. You may apply for the following waivers by contacting your licensing specialist: For Licensed Family Child

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Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SPACE to Learn Grant

Get Inspired! Get Creative! Get Outdoors! Get Started! Make learning fun and healthy with fast and affordable projects to enhance your outdoor space! Apply today for the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SPACE to Learn Grant! Early care and education programs and family child care homes are invited to apply

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