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.
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
- 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!
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 $100.00. Scholarships are available to Early Childhood Professionals currently employed or residing in El Paso County.
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. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or College Course Credits at both the graduate and undergraduate level are also available through the University of Colorado Denver with the completion of additional coursework, assignments, and fees.
The current winter training session is CLOSED. For general questions about Pyramid Plus, visit the Child Health & Behavior Supports page.
Click here for scholarship information.
Pyramid Plus Approach Coaching
Alliance for Kids is thrilled to be able to offer Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA) Coaching to teachers throughout El Paso County. This coaching allows teachers to receive support in implementing the social emotional skills and practices they learned about in the Pyramid Plus Approach Training. For more information, visit the Pyramid Plus Coaching page.
Most professional development opportunities come with the benefit of coaching. For more information, please visit our Coaching page.
Professional Development Catalog
Under development! A new catalog will provide a comprehensive listing of training coming up for the year! For further assistance, contact Erica Evans below.
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