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
- Early Childhood Educators Leadership Initiative (ECEL)
- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
- Expanding Quality for Infants/Toddlers (EQIT)
- Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
- 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 OPEN
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
For information about upcoming training, contact Erica Evans (below).
Cooking Matters for Professionals Class
- Want to reduce your food cost?
- Need new recipe ideas that fit CACFP guidelines?
- Want to identify ways to make healthy foods appeal to kids?
Cooking Matters is a FREE hands-on course that teaches child care professionals about healthy meal preparation and creating a positive eating attitudes and behaviors for the kids in their care.
After the course you will receive new essential kitchen tools along with a manual of information, recipes, and engaging activities. (Course provides eight hours of continuing education credits.)
Child Development Associate (CDA)
NEW CDA Certification Program!
Offered through Pikes Peak Community College in collaboration with Alliance for Kids and Community Partnership for Child Development
- Take the “Best First Step” in your Professional Development—Get CDA Certified
- Rigorous coursework—achieve your CDA in less than a year.
CDA qualifies you as a Teacher (formerly Group Leader) or Assistant Teacher
- CDA is equivalent to ECE 101 at PPCC—allowing you to pursue “Credit for Prior Learning”
- This investment in your future will benefit you AND the children in your care!
Contact Erica Evans for more information (see information below).
Pyramid Plus Approach
Pyramid Plus Approach Training is a 48-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. Participants interested in Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Pikes Peak Community College may contact Erica Evans, AFK Professional Development Specialist, at EEvans@jointinitiatives.org.
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
Most professional development opportunities come with the benefit of coaching. For more information, please visit our Coaching page.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Alliance for Kids- Joint Initiatives (JI) has developed the following health and safety guidelines for staff and guests related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to take every precaution and prioritize health and safety, AFK-JI has put in place the following guidelines for all training, meetings, and professional development:
- AFK-JI will take additional preventive measures regarding the room environment and will have available cleaning and bleaching materials for the trainer to ensure surfaces have been wiped down prior and after class. Hand Sanitizer will be offered (dependent upon supply available). We will also ask trainers to ensure sanitizing materials are made available throughout class (again dependent on supply)
- Refreshments offered to avoid any contamination will be dependent on training and/or trainer. For Pyramid Plus Approach training, please contact your trainer if you have questions. For EQIT training, please contact Erica Evans at EEvans@allainceforkids.org if you have questions.
- Finally, PLEASE ensure you as a participant are following health and safety guidelines (provided by El Paso County Health Department):
- Anyone who is sick (e.g., respiratory illness symptoms and/or fever) or living with sick individuals, stay home and notify the trainer! A Zoom link may be offered, but this will be coordinated and verified with each trainer and training.
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one, to provide protection against the flu.
Thank you for partnering with us. We will keep you updated should anything change during this fluid situation.
The AFK/JI team
Professional Development Opportunities
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