Alliance Office of Professional Development (AOPD)
Supports the Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce with:
- Higher Education Resources
- Technical Assistance
- Scholarships & Applications
- Applications for College and Financial Aid
- Resources and Networking for College Success
- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
- Expanding Quality for Infants/Toddlers (EQIT)
- Training required for licensing, and more.
Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care
The 48-hour EQIT Curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive and fun activities.
The EQIT Curriculum has been approved by the Division of Child Care as one of the classes that can be used for Early Childhood Teacher (formerly Group Leader) Qualifications AND will count toward the Infant Toddler class that will be required for Director Qualifications. Infant & Toddler teachers will have first priority in the classes; center directors will have second priority.
EQIT Sessions are now CLOSED
Session A – Full
Session B (February – June 2021)
Session C (February – June 2021)
In addition to the 48 hours of direct EQIT class time, infant and toddler participants may receive hands-on, on-site coaching using the EQIT RELATE Coaching Model. For all the details, please visit our EQIT Coaching page.
Professional Learning Communities
Early Childhood Management and Administration
The Early Childhood Management and Administration Initiative (ECMA) is a five-part series presented in partnership by the Alliance for Kids and Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center. This program will educate directors and owners in the early childhood profession to develop deeper management skills and connect with peers in the field. Topics align with Planning and Development Core Competency.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Come and learn about ACEs to better understand the link between what happens early in life and later outcomes. (See our blog post featuring a 60 Minutes segment on ACEs.)
- See those you work with through a different lens
- Reflect on how this information changes the way you interact with the
children and adults in your classrooms.
- Learn about caring for ourselves while providing trauma-informed care
- Explore next steps for our community
Pyramid Plus Approach
Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 46-hour course during which participants will learn specific strategies to enhance the social-emotional development of the children they work with, how and why to encourage inclusion, and how to better support children with challenging behavior. Participants will receive 46 hours of training for only $250.00.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be considered to have met the educational requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses.
To register for the Winter 2021 Pyramid Plus Approach training, click HERE.
For general questions about Pyramid Plus, contact:
Bernadine McCarron, Health & Behavior Supports Supervisor
719.659.7198 | BMcCarron@jointinitiatives.org
Child Development Associate (CDA)
CDA Program | Red Rocks Community College
The CDA credential is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in Early Childhood Education. Scholarships applications are now open for this program for teachers not yet ECT qualified. For more details, go to rrcc.edu/childcareinnovations and click on the CDA Program tab, or download the flyer HERE.
Additional CDA Information:
CDA Observation Waiver applicants should use this link to submit a CDA Observation Waiver Application. For more information on the CDA Observation Waiver, including background, process, and eligibility, click HERE. Also, please remember that CDA observations should not be occurring in person during this time.
The CDA Renewal Amnesty Program deadline has been extended to June 1, 2021. The CDA Amnesty Program will allow anyone with a lapsed CDA certification to renew their CDA without starting the entire process over again. More information on the program is available HERE.
Contact Geanina Brown for more information.
Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship
Contact Erica Evans for more information.
Most professional development opportunities come with the benefit of coaching. For more information, please visit our Coaching page.
Community Training Resources
The PPSBDC offers training and consulting and is a great resource for early childhood education program owners and directors to connect with consultants, workshops, and resources related to running a successful small business.
Resources to Support Professional Development
- Professional Development Documentation Requirements: Click HERE for more information, including an optional training certificate template, a requirements checklist, informational flyer with FAQs, and a multi-use article.
- Licensed Child Care Provider Training Requirements
- Alliance for Kids Scholarships
Health & Safety Guidelines
In an effort to take every precaution and prioritize health and safety, Alliance for Kids/JI I has put in place the following guidelines for all training, meetings, and professional development conducted in person.
Professional Development Opportunities
Our newsletters are monthly and provide early childhood information, professional development opportunities, and information for families.