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AFK Debuts New Early Childhood Resource
Alliance for Kids announces a new professional development resource for those in the field of early childhood education. Our NEW PD Catalog includes information about all upcoming AFK training through June 2019. You will find training descriptions, clock hours, domains, credential/PDIS, registration links, and trainer information. Check it out on our website using the button below.
Training Opportunities
NEW! Pyramid Plus Approach Training | Click to Register
Participants will receive 48 hours of training and learn how to support the social and emotional health of our community's youngest children. Sessions are on Saturdays and begin January 19th. For more details, click here .
NEW!! Music Play for Story Time & Beyond
Click to Register | January 12 | 9 am - 12 pm
Music play and engagement in literacy experiences have been shown to lower the incidence of challenging behavior as well as provide experiences that are key to trauma informed early learning environments. This training will provide early childhood professionals with a basic understanding of how young children learn music and why music learning promotes ALL learning. Participants will learn ten developmentally appropriate strategies to foster music development during story time and other playful circle time activities. The training will include live story time demonstrations incorporating the music learning strategies, during which participants will be encouraged to sing, move, play and act like young children!  Participants will also practice using three of the strategies with one of their favorite books.
Attention ALL Early Childhood Programs
Do you want to increase child engagement during circle time?
Learn how to promote early language and literacy, child development and school readiness, and community building by incorporating playful music and movement activities into your circle time!
Please note : Learning supports will include the Music Play for Story Time and Beyond Training and FREE follow-up coaching for teachers and administrators.
For more information, please contact:
Erika Cincotta , Early Language and Literacy Specialist | 719.466.9562
New Pre-Licensing Classes are Available!
F or more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
Pre-Licensing for Exempt Providers:
Rules, Regulations & Business Rules
Directors Roundtable Meeting
February 21, 2019 | 12—1:30 pm
Location TBD
We will have lunch, networking, and a topic for discussion.
$8 per person | Light lunch will be served. | Click to Register
Session C | January - March 2019 | Click to Register
Session D | March - June ( WED/SAT) | Click to Register
Session E | March - June (Saturdays Only) | Click to Register
January 9, 16, 23, and February 6 | Click for Details and Registration
The Early Childhood Management and Administration Initiative (ECMA) is a four-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 financial essentials to successfully manage an early childhood program. Come and work with local experts to get your financial questions answered and to develop a deeper understanding of these management practices. Topics are aligned with the Colorado Core Competency domains of Program Planning and Development and Professional Development and Leadership.
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.
Motheread and Fatheread | Click for Details
The next three-day Motheread/Fatheread Institute will be held with partner Alliance for Kids on February 6 – 8 at the Tim Gill Center (315 E. Costilla Street). To register or for more information, click here.
To learn more, contact:
Debbie Butkus, Motheread/Fatheread Colorado Program Coordinator | 303.894.7951 x12
Educational Opportunities
Reminder - Applications are due TODAY | December 7, 2018
The online application for the 2019-2020 cohort is accessible on our web page .
Boundless Opportunity Scholarship
This scholarship is designed for non-traditional students who recognize the power of education to create a better life for themselves and their families, including those pursuing ECE certification. Click here for details or request more information at your college’s financial aid office.  
Coaches Corner
Save the Date! 
Facilitating Reflective Supervision and Consultation training
The Colorado Department of Human Services and Education and the Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative are excited to announce dates for the winter 2019 Facilitating Reflective Supervision and Consultation training.
  • The 2-day training will be held January 31st and February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Attending the full two days and four 1-hour virtual book study sessions is required. Training location and dates for the book study will be announced soon.
  • This training is designed for individuals who will be facilitating Reflective Supervision/Consultation for early childhood professionals as part of the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System and the Expanding Quality for Infants and Toddler Care initiative. During this 2 day training and book study, participants will learn about the process and skills of facilitating Reflective Supervision/Consultation in their local community. The training meets the requirement for those facilitating Reflective Supervision/Consultation for credentialed early childhood coaches.
  • Attendees are required to have previously participated in a minimum of 3 Reflective Supervision/Consultation sessions. Additionally, training participants will be asked to begin facilitating no later than March 1st, 2019.

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.
Keep in mind, 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. 
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Matter at or Megan Rogers at  
Webinars & Workshops
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.
Conferences of Interest
You can pay for this conference with your CSQI Funds!

Registration for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference is now open! With over 150 sessions, there’s sure to be something for every early childhood professional. The conference will take place March 1-2 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. 

Register here and visit the conference website at for more information.
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.