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Alliance for Kids is excited to begin engaging our community on Instagram and telling our Story! We'll be exploring all this platform has to offer - quizzes, questions, and polls (so we can hear from you!), photos and videos, blog content for taking a deeper dive, and more! #earlychildhoodmatters #ECE

Professional Development Survey on Instagram!
This week, we'll feature videos of early childhood professionals sharing their insights as a way to gather input on training needs, leadership development, and career goals. Follow us and add your comments! #PDSurvey
"Didn't We Already Go To Diversity Training?"
August 7, 2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street

Forum Presented By:
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler
Chief Catalyst and Founder of
The Equity Project, LLC
This forum will address the prevalence of diversity fatigue in our work. We will explore the emerging consideration - cultural and beyond - that can create barriers in our ability to advance equity. The workshop allows for small group dialogue and exercises to examine the many types of biases and microaggressions that may factor into our work.
The Equity Project, LLC, is an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. Hosted in partnership by Alliance for Kids and Colorado Youth Detention Continuum (CYDC)
Be a Part of Strengthening Colorado's Early Childhood Systems!
Are you a parent/caregiver, child care provider or early childhood stakeholder? Join us for an opportunity to strengthen Colorado's early childhood systems!
The Colorado Department of Human Services has contracted with the Colorado Health Institute to conduct focus groups with Coloradans. Your feedback is important and will inform the State's five-year strategic plan.
The Colorado Office of Early Childhood was awarded a federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) and they want to hear from early care and education settings including licensed programs, informal care settings, and parental care settings. You will be asked about existing supports for children entering kindergarten and strategies to strengthen children’s transitions into kindergarten.
Colorado Shines Updates
CS Quality Improvement Grants NOW OPEN!
The NEW Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant for 2019-20 is NOW OPEN! Alliance for Kids is ready to assist small centers, large centers, and family child care homes with their application. Click below or contact Geanina Brown at 719.651.3484.
Alliance for Kids is hiring! We are seeking a Quality Improvement Coach to join our team. This position provides support to child care/early learning providers to support quality improvement goals and best practices in classrooms, including navigating and succeeding in the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Apply TODAY!
Need further ATS Assistance?
Contact Geanina Brown at 719.651.3484
 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.
When your Colorado Shines rating decreases, so does your program's
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
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.
For class details and schedule for all sessions, click here.
EQIT Sessions are now OPEN - Click Session to Register
New class October 19th! | Click to Register
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 to Register
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 Learning and Literacy Specialist | 719.466.9562
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
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.

Interested in Becoming a Credentialed Coach? 
Information regarding becoming a credentialed coach can be found at . 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.
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
This year, IREE is doing something new! Please join us at our Community face-to-face Open Forums in the months of September, January and May at 6:30 pm. Join us online (link sent later) via Webinar in the months of November, March, and July at 6:30 pm. Topics will be shared at a later date. Please use the following link to share a Forum Topic you would like to discuss, as well as share feedback and ask specific questions.
In El Paso County, Forums are the 3rd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm
September 18 | January 15 | May 20 | 2330 Robinson Street, Colorado Springs
Last Opportunity for 2019!
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… One of the supports we offer programs each year is updating your information for Colorado Shines for you. To submit information for us to update in the system, you may take our online survey or fill out our Update Form and email it to Alliance for Kids.
Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System
Now it's even easier to sign up to receive our Family SPEAK parenting newsletter! To view a sample of The Buzz, click here.

Learn more about our resources for families by visiting our FamilySPEAK website and be sure to follow us on Facebook @FamilySPEAK.
Heatstroke continues to be the number one vehicle-related killer of children, other than car crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
Because children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults, especially in the summer months, please share the following links to tip sheets and resources with parents and providers in your communities to help remind everyone to look before you lock.
Preventing Heatstroke Resources
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.
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.
To submit a job posting for the AFK website, email the information to Angela McKibben. Please include a job description and instructions for applying.

EC News Submission Deadline: First Friday of the Month
Strolling Thunder
This rally and "stroll" around the capitol, sponsored by Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, will remind state legislators to #thinkbabies when making decisions affecting infants, toddlers, and their families! Think Babies was created by ZERO TO THREE and prioritizes four core policy areas: quality, affordable child care; time for parents to bond with their babies; healthy emotional development; and strong physical health and nutrition. Join us and make sure every baby has the best start in life! For details, contact Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315.
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.
  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.
ACE Master Training Course | September 10 & 11 | Click for Details
Child Care Health Consultation 101 Training | Click for Details
August 7, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Register
Pikes Peak United Way | $25 (meal included)
This 4.5 hour, face-to-face training provides specific Child Care Health Consultation information and resources to those nurses and physicians serving in this role in Colorado child care programs.
Moving Into Wellness | August 17 | Click for Flyer & Registration Info
El Paso County Public Health invites you to attend a FREE training to learn about programs you can use to incorporate important healthy practices into child care and early care and education settings. You will earn contact hours in Colorado Shines. Whether you are a home child care provider, in a licensed care setting or a family or friend caring for young children, this training is for you. Workbook, CD, activity cards, hands-on experience and lunch included! Deadline to register is August 9th.
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.
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 .
Division of Early Childhood for the Council for Exceptional Children

  Offerings from Qualistar
Discounts for ECE Professionals... Kaplan and Lakeshore  
Assuring Better Child Health & Development | Sign Up for Updates

New Notification Process For Licensing Violations 
Starting June 2019, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) will begin sending notifications of insufficient corrections or missed responses to licensing reports of inspection by email instead of by mail.
Notifications will be sent to the primary email address on file for the facility and will include a letter with the date of inspection, the past due date for a response, a copy of the violation, and the date when the response must be received by the Department. The email will be sent from the OEC Licensing inbox, . Please do not reply to this email, instead, submit the required information to your licensing specialist. 
If you need to update your email address or have questions about this communication please contact your licensing specialist.

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

Radon Requirements for Child Care Facilities - Click here