Professional Development

Professional Development

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.

For class details and schedule for all sessions, click here.

EQIT Sessions are now OPEN
Session C (January – March 2020)
Session D (February – May 2020)
Session E (March – June 2020)


EQIT Coaching
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”
  • SCHOLARSHIPS
  • This investment in your future will benefit you AND the children in your care!

Click here to start the application.

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 48 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@allianceforkids.org.

To register for the Winter 2020 Pyramid Plus Approach training, click HERE.

For general questions about Pyramid Plus, contact:
Bernadine McCarron, Health & Behavior Supports Specialist
719.659.7198 | BMcCarron@allianceforkids.org

To find out more about how Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists can support you in your classroom, visit the Child Health & Behavior Supports page or click HERE for flyer.

Coaching

Most professional development opportunities come with the benefit of coaching. For more information, please visit our Coaching page.

Professional Development Catalog

Our NEW 2019-20 PD Catalog is now available! Training offered through July 2020 is included. For further assistance, contact Erica Evans below.

Professional Development Monthly Newsletter
OCTOBER 2019 | NOVEMBER 2019 | DECEMBER 2019
Professional Development Opportunities
Jan
21
Tue
6:00 pm Lesson Planning Exploration | Ja...
Lesson Planning Exploration | Ja...
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a[...]
Jan
22
Wed
5:30 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
6:00 pm EQIT Session C | January – March...
EQIT Session C | January – March...
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Important! Please note the specific times listed below: MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm January 8 – March 14, 2020 Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to[...]
Jan
23
Thu
6:00 pm Lesson Planning Exploration | Ja...
Lesson Planning Exploration | Ja...
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do have a lot of experience creating lessons plans, but would like to explore new methods? Are you new to writing plans and would like to learn from others? Come join your peers for a[...]
Jan
25
Sat
8:30 am Social-Emotional Health & Develo...
Social-Emotional Health & Develo...
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
This course is for individuals who will be taking the face-to-face version of Social-Emotional Health & Development.  This course will take a look at why Social-Emotional Health & Development is so important and how the[...]
Jan
27
Mon
9:00 am Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
9:00 am Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Pre-Licensing Training for Exemp...
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
Jan
29
Wed
9:00 am Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]
5:30 pm ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experien...
Jan 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what[...]
Jan
31
Fri
9:00 am Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Pre-Licensing | January 2020
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is an exciting career move which offers you the opportunity to provide appropriate care and guidance for other children in your community. Licensed Family Child Care Providers can[...]

For Professional Development assistance contact:

Erica Evans
Professional Development Specialist
719.233.0770
EEvans@allianceforkids.org

Our newsletters are monthly and provide early childhood information, professional development opportunities, and information for families.