The Professional Development Update is an Alliance for Kids monthly e-newsletter providing training, event, and other professional development opportunities in one spot. Our goal is to allow plenty of time for you to sign up and stay informed. Please share this email with others and be sure to visit us on Instagram and Facebook .
Professional Development Survey on Instagram!
Alliance for Kids is excited to begin engaging our community on Instagram and telling our Story! As part of our Instagram launch, we're featuring videos of early childhood professionals sharing their insights as a way to gather input on training needs, leadership development, and career goals. Follow us @allianceforkids_epc and add your comments! Responses will help shape our annual PD Catalog. Our videos are also available for comment on Facebook or you may take the survey via QuestionPro.
Quality Improvement Grant Applications for 2019-20 are OPEN!
Programs meeting the following criteria are eligible:
  • A Level 2-5 program with a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement interested in maintaining and/or increasing their rating.
  • A Level 1 program with a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement and are interested in reaching Level 2.
  • A Level 2 program without a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement and would like support in obtaining a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement.
  • A Level 2 program without a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement that is committed to earning a Level 3-5 rating by June 2020.
  • A Level 3-5 program with a Level 3-5 rating that expires before July 1, 2020 which is committed to going through a rating by June 30, 2020, to maintain and/or increase the high quality rating.
For assistance with this application process or to learn more about the eligibility criteria, reach out to Erika Cincotta at Alliance for Kids, at 719.466.9562.
Did you know CSQI grant funds can be used to reimburse for professional development? Apply today!
The Colorado Springs location for IdentoGO has closed. The closest El Paso County location now available is Calhan. There is also a location in Pueblo. Please visit for hours and directions.
Training Opportunities
Saturday, September 28 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon | Register
Come explore the importance of outdoor play in early childhood settings. During this ECHO Mini-Summit, participants will explore the importance of nature in childhood, learn how loose parts can have infinite possibilities, and hear from a panel of child care professionals actively naturalizing their outdoor spaces. Participants will learn hands-on ways to engage children outdoors and feel empowered to make changes to their outdoor spaces. Click here for flyer. Cost is $10.
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 on 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 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 Learning & Literacy Specialist | 719.466.9562
New Pre-Licensing Classes are Available

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
Click on the dates to register: October 14
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 link below 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
Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome &
Abusive Head Trauma now available in Spanish! 
The Office of Early Childhood is now offering an online Spanish Version of Preventing Abusive Head Trauma. This course - Prevención del traumatismo craneoencefálico por maltrato o síndrome del bebé/niño sacudido - is available for free from the Colorado Shines PDIS.   This is a one-hour, Pre-Service and Orientation course.
Colorado Shines | Professional Development Information System
NEW! Printable PDIS Catalog | Click Here to View

Renewal Requirements for Trainers | Click to View

Apply for Trainer Credential in PDIS | Click for Details

Get training aligned and approved through PDIS
Click here for details, email Erica Evans, or call 719.233.0770.
Educational Opportunities & Resources
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. 
TPOT Reliability Workshop Training
Sign up for the TPOT™ Reliability Workshop Training to meaningfully measure fidelity of practice to take advantage of the QRIS points awarded to classrooms measured by the TPOT™. Spaces are limited for this August 26-27, 2019, training held in Boulder, Colorado. Click here for flyer and registration.
The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (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, please contact Shannon or call (720) 899-3047. Visit ECCLA’s website for program eligibility and application opportunities.
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 Erica Evans at 719.233.0770 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 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.
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.
Webinars & Workshops
Click to View ALL Early Childhood Investigations Recordings
NAFCC Webinars | Click Here to Register
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.
A Continuing Education Unit, referred to as a CEU, is a non-credit training. It is not designed as a credit program, nor does it meet the credit requirements particular to a degree program at a college or university. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant non-credit educational experiences.
In a continuing education program, one CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours. Contact hours are the number of hours you are “in contact” with an instructor.
When pursuing CEUs to earn points towards your Early Childhood Credential in The Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS), the CEU must have the International Association for Continuing Education (IACET) logo or be from a regionally accredited college/university.
The coursework of the CEU must also be directly related to the field of early childhood. To determine whether or not a course is “Early Childhood Coursework” for the purpose of the Early Childhood Professional Credential, PDIS looks for courses that
  • Align with the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators;
  • Include content that is focused on ages birth to 8 years old (at a minimum, more than 50% of that age span); or
  • Address Cultural Competence, Children with High Needs, Social Emotional Development, or a basic understanding of Research as these topics are embedded within the Early Childhood. Competencies.

Before spending money on a CEU training, make sure it meets the PDIS criteria. If you have questions about this or would like assistance with finding CEUs that count in the PDIS system, please contact Erica Evans.
New Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) 
Documentation Requirements

The new requirements will be in effect starting December 1, 2018.
The PDIS team would like to ensure all applicable Early Childhood Professional Credential submissions are accepted and earn points towards the Credential. With this in mind, the team further defined the requirements documentation must include to earn points. Good news, most submissions already follow these guidelines!

 Professional development providers who wish to implement these changes early are welcome to do so. This will also ensure the ongoing professional development documentation is accepted toward the Credential.
For more information, an optional training certificate template, a requirements checklist, informational flyer with FAQs and a multi-use article, click here . You can also access this information from the left navigation menu in PDIS, called Ongoing Professional Development Documentation .