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ECHO is Taking Hold in El Paso County!
Congratulations to the following Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SEED grant recipients in our community:
  • Ascension Lutheran School
  • Mesa Kindercare
  • Mountain Shadows Kindercare
  • Vickers Kindercare
  • Village Seven Creative Play Centers
  • HEALground at Meadows Park Community Center

COMING this FALL... A Local ECHO Event!
Participate in an Early Care and Learning Resource Study   
Colorado Shines Updates
Alliance for Kids is proud to have supported eight early childhood programs that serve CCCAP children and families in obtaining Level 2 ratings in the past month. You are on the path to high quality and we are excited to continue supporting you along the way! Thank you for letting your quality be known.
Ever wonder how valid the Colorado Shines rating system is?
Need further ATS Assistance?
Contact Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315
 From technical assistance with uploading documentation to navigating the rating process to celebrating your rating results, we are here for you! 
Contact Geanina Brown | 719.651.3484
Colorado Shines recognizes many additional ways that programs reach quality and allows these pathways to be recognized. For more information, click here.
Bright by Three
Interested in receiving 1 point under Family Partnerships/ Sensitivity to Diversity? Bright by Three can help you receive a point in Colorado Shines for providing Bright by Text materials to families since the program contains information for families about community-based programs, community mental health, child nutrition, physical fitness, and medical/dental resources. For details, click here.
When your Colorado Shines rating decreases, so does your programs
CCCAP reimbursement rate. Don’t let your rating expire! 
Call 291.8112 for rating support today!
Family Child Care Provider Resources
Opportunities for Early Childhood Leaders
Directors Forum - Join us on Facebook!
Looking for even more connection and support as a director? AFK is facilitating a closed Facebook group designed for directors of centers and family child care homes to come together online about issues that matter to YOU. To learn more or join, contact Kelly Hurtado or call 719.291.9315.
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
The center offers a wealth of information for early childhood leaders including a clearing house of resources specific to the field. Check it out here!
Professional Development
Summer 2019 Pyramid Plus Approach Training | Click to Register
A new Pyramid Plus Approach training begins July 27th and will be held on Saturdays through August 31st. Participants will receive 48 hours of training and learn how to support the social and emotional health of our community's youngest children. A Pyramid Plus Approach Certificate will be awarded to those that complete all sessions. This certificate will give you two points in PDIS (Ongoing Professional Development – Class Series).
If you attended a previous Pyramid Plus Approach training and need to make up one or more sessions to complete the course, you have the opportunity to attend sessions during the Summer 2019 training. Please contact Bernie McCarron at 719-659-7198 for the registration link and to confirm the number of sessions needed and dates they will be held. (Cost per session is $25.)
October 5, 2019 & March 5, 2020 | Click for Registration
Alliance for Kids offers two annual Emergency Procedures Supplemental Toolkit Workshops which include the “Surviving an Active Shooter Training-Run, Hide, Fight." This training is FREE and participants receive an “Emergency Preparedness Toolkit” which includes different templates for emergency operation planning that you can share with your families. AFK's goal is to help you be prepared for emergencies before they occur.
Attention ALL Early Childhood Programs
Do you wonder if you are doing all you can to engage our youngest learners in language and literacy experiences? Lean on our Coach, Erika Cincotta to help you reach your goals for your early childhood program and/or classroom!
For more information, please contact:
Erika Cincotta , Early Language and Literacy Specialist | 719.466.9562
Our annual catalog is being updated for the new year! | View Current Catalog
NEW! Printable PDIS Catalog | Click Here to View

Get training aligned and approved through PDIS
Click here for details, email Erica Evans, or call 719.233.0770.

Coaches Corner
Transformational Coaching Four-Day Course
Horizons In Learning provides this state approved training which meets the requirements for coaches to receive and renew the Colorado Coaching Credential. This is an approved alternative to the Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) training provided by the state.
 
Dates: July 1-2 and July 18-19, 2019
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Alliance for Kids Conference Room, 2335 Robinson St.
This course requires attendance on all four days.
Reflective Supervision
Are you a coach in El Paso County that is in need of Reflective Supervision? Please contact Kelly Hurtado to find out more about local opportunities to engage in this professional development for coaches.

College Credit Through the University of Colorado at Denver
Did you know that you can get college credit through UCD for the Relationship-Based Professional Development class that you took prior to May 2018? Click here for more information!

Interested in Becoming a Credentialed Coach? 
Click here to register for the upcoming Relationship Based Professional Development Class . The additional requirements for Colorado Coaching Credentials can be found at cocoaches.ne t . Email or call Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315 for more information.

Coaching Credential Renewal Application Checklist
Is it time to renew your Early Childhood Coaching Credential?  Level 1 coaching credentials must be renewed every three years. Level 2 and 3 applications must be renewed every five years.  The Coaching Credential Application Checklist  guides individuals through the renewal process and helps to monitor the completion of required tasks and documentation for your application. It is important to remember that a renewal does not require an application for a higher credential level.
Your coaching credential will remain in good standing as long as the complete renewal application is submitted for processing by the credential expiration date. The credential processing timeline is unchanged.  Applications received by the 15th of the month will be processed by the 15th of the following month. 

CO Early Childhood Professional Credential &
Coaching Points Update
Visit the Colorado Coaching Consortium website for details.
For credential resources, click here.

Coaching Improves Professional Development
Learn more about the benefits of coaching and what approaches work best for instructional coaches in the article “Primetime for Coaching: Improving Instructional Coaching In Early Childhood Education."
Early Childhood Coaching Certificate Program | View Flyer
This program is the first and only of its kind in the U.S. is offered through Dynamic Coaching Systems with the full support of the University of Colorado Denver at a location of your choosing.We offer a practical, evidence– and research–based coordinated approach to coaching that assumes each program has the power and strength to create a successful coaching system connected to ongoing professional development.
Early Childhood Coaching Academy | View Flyer
The Early Childhood Coaching Academy at the University of Colorado Denver is a unique and cutting-edge opportunity. This is the only academy offered by a university in the U.S. that is both specific to early childhood and teaches universal coaching strategies. The Coaching Academy benefits professionals who are teachers, coaches, program directors, principals, family home child care providers, early interventionist or itinerant special education staff, PD providers, and home visitors.
Become A Certified Pyramid Plus Coach or Trainer! 
Support your program to increase the use of evidence-based early childhood social emotional and inclusive practices. 
Click here for more information.
Click here for registration.

Licensing & Pre-Licensing
New Pre-Licensing Classes are Available
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Providers:
Rules, Regulations & Business Rules

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
Effective December 18th - New IREE Caseload Assignments
For a list sorted by zip code and your new licensing specialist and their contact information, click here. For more details, visit the IREE website .
Provider Resources
Child Behavior Supports Available
Are you struggling to meet the unique behavioral needs of a child? Would you like help creating a plan to promote success at home, school, or in a community setting? Early Childhood Consultation is available by calling The Resource Exchange at 719.577.9190. View Flyer
Licensed providers… Keep your information current in the State database by updating your site information when it’s most convenient for you. Take our quick online survey ! Your response removes you from your Early Childhood Council’s semi-annual call list and your update ensures you receive important notices and information from the State. The form is also on the AFK website or you may download the form , fill it out, and email it to Alliance for Kids.
Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System
Check Out Our Website Updates!
El Paso County is home to many military families. Family SPEAK has added links to Peak Military Care Network, the Peterson Air Force Base Airmen & Family Readiness Center, and the Fort Carson Military & Family Support Center to its website. Also included is information for military families seeking quality child care.
Kindergarten Readiness
By Fran Kettren – Kindergarten Teacher Widefield Elementary School of the Arts
I love teaching kindergarten! The excitement of parents and children at the beginning of a new school year is so refreshing. Along with new crayons, markers, and pencils come the new faces of children to begin building new relationships. When I begin preparing for a new school year I always hope parents have resources to support in making the decision of when a child should begin kindergarten.
Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children
These colorful and engaging newsletters can be shared with parents of young children about popular nutrition topics. Twelve newsletters are available in English and Spanish:
Child Care: What Will My Child Eat?
Colorful Fruits
Encouraging Vegetables
Growing Strong with Milk
Healthy Snacks with Smiles
Portions for Preschoolers
Tips for a “Choosy” Eater
Vary Your Protein Foods
Water: It’s a Great Choice
Whole Grains Make a Difference
Visit USDA website for more details.
Safe Kids Colorado Springs
Each month's newsletter is full of safety information related to home, sports, auto, swimming, as well as dates for car seat inspections.
Choosing Quality Child Care Matters!
Important: When using the online search tool, only enter your ZIP code in the box requesting your address.

EC News Submission Deadline: First Friday of the Month
Strolling Thunder | Saturday, September 21, 2019
For this year’s event, we hope to emulate the national StrollingThunder by bringing a family with young children representing each of the Early Childhood Councils to Capitol Hill to speak up with their state legislators and remind them to #ThinkBabies! The event will include a rally at First Baptist Church and a stroll around the Capitol to show policy makers that supporting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers is essential to create a strong and sustainable Colorado. Stay tuned for additional information about how you can be part of the event!
The West Steps Podcast
From the Colorado Children’s Campaign, The West Steps dives into the policies and politics that come out of the Colorado State Capitol. This insider guide is for outsiders who wonder how laws that affect the lives of Coloradans— especially kids. If you want to dive more deeply, we invite you to subscribe to this new podcast, The West Steps . Available on iTunes , Spotify , Google Play , Stitcher , or wherever you get podcasts.
NEW this year, Kids Flash will include legislative summaries AND a weekly video summary from Children's Campaign staff for those who want the quick version for legislative updates.   Sign up for Kids Flash TODAY . | Read latest Kids Flash Blog For more information, visit the Advocacy page of our Alliance for Kids website.

Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education,track legislation and policies affecting Colorado's kids. Learn about outreach efforts, fundraising, and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It's About Kids and Circle of Friends networks.
Early Childhood Councils bring together the multiple programs and perspectives across early childhood education, health, mental health, and family support to cultivate a local voice and vision for Colorado’s youngest children. ECCLA's mission is to improve access to quality services and supports for young children through a statewide network of Early Childhood Councils and key stakeholders.



ECCLA is the new home for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program (T.E.A.C.H.)! ECCLA is excited to administer T.E.A.C.H. and explore new opportunities to engage our state’s early childhood workforce.
For more information on T.E.A.C.H., please contact Shannon or call (720) 899-3047. Visit ECCLA’s website for program eligibility and application opportunities.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION
  Please Note: Events and Training listed here are NOT facilitated by Alliance for Kids. For questions or to register you must contact the person or organization running the program directly. We will post flyers and notices for 2-3 weeks in our Community Section.
New Project ECHO Clinical Series
Dual Diagnosis: Developmental Disability and Mental Health
This Project ECHO series is for mental health clinicians who work with children, youth, and adults with dual diagnoses of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
The six-session series offers participants learning and case consultation on working with children, youth, and adults with dual diagnoses of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Participation is free ; the series is sponsored by COACT Colorado. Click here for details.
The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers training and consulting with local business experts for existing businesses as well as those looking to start businesses. This is a great resource for early childhood owners and directors to connect with consultants, workshops, and resources related to running a successful small business.
Kindness and empathy are two of the most important social skills we can teach children that can build meaningful connections in a diverse world. We want to help develop compassionate people who can bridge divides. This webinar will explore ways we can create experiences, use children’s social emotional competence and self-regulations skills, and share information that support children to be kind and empathetic towards each other and in the world.

Click to View ALL Early Childhood Investigations Recordings
Residents of Colorado have access to the statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) . Free, discount prescription drug card coupons are available and provide savings of up to 75%. Print and share the Colorado Drug Card Flu Flyer and the Colorado Flu Shot Flyer. 
Interested in receiving free bilingual Colorado Drug Cards to share with families and you community? Contact Deb Adler, Outreach Program Director at   dadler@coloradodrugcard.com .
Division of Early Childhood for the Council for Exceptional Children

  Offerings from Qualistar
Discounts for ECE Professionals... Kaplan and Lakeshore  
 
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STATE INFORMATION & RESOURCES
New Criminal Background Check Results Notification Process

Licensing Fee Changes go into Effect July 1 | Read more>


Are You Prepared for an Emergency? Read more>

NEW! Online Injury Reporting Form
NEW! Forms for Child Abuse and Neglect Records Checks

New Resources for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 
The Center of Excellence has recently developed a variety of new resources to support Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, including resources related to maternal depression and supporting families affected by substance use disorders. To access these resources click here

MAY COEC Newsletter | Click here  to subscribe
Radon Requirements for Child Care Facilities - Click here