The Professional Development Update is an Alliance for Kids monthly e-newsletter providing training, event, and other professional development opportunities.
ECE Help Line: 719.205.2691
8 am - 4 pm
Our help line is open to early care and education professionals needing assistance from Alliance for Kids (teachers, assistants, directors, and family child care providers).
If you need immediate assistance on a Tuesday, call 719.634.8045
March 24 | REGISTER
Training provides a comprehensive hands-on understanding of how the brain develops, along with ways the participant can encourage healthy brain development in children.
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Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have lifelong impacts and influence health and well-being later in life. Come and learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) that started the movement toward understanding the link between what happens early in life and later outcomes.
Credential Levels Update
The Colorado Office of Early Childhood has announced that they will no longer issue Level 2 and 3 Coaching Credentials beginning March 1 st , 2020. Those who have current Level 2 & 3 credentials will stay valid until they expire. New coaching credential applications will be evaluated for the Level 1 Coaching Credential.
For February - July 2020, click the button below to view the most recent catalog on our website. Opportunities coming up soon are highlighted below.
Begins February 29

Pyramid Plus Make-Up Sessions
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 Winter 2020 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.)
Session D (February - May 2020)
Session E (March - June 2020)
For class details and schedule for all sessions, click here.
Training is Full | March 5, 2020
Email Tina Fennell to be added to our wait list.
Attention ALL Early Childhood Programs
Do you ever wonder if you are providing children with the early language and literacy skills needed to be ready for kindergarten and beyond? Reach out to receive FREE coaching specific to helping children develop these essential skills. Contact Erika Cincotta to help you reach your goals for your early childhood program and/or classroom!
 Erika Cincotta , Early Learning and Literacy Specialist | 719.466.9562
Licensing & Pre-Licensing Supports
Are you thinking of becoming a licensed family child care provider? AFK is here to support you every step along the way. We provide the following FREE services to help you along your business journey:
  • Where to start and what is important to consider when exploring the possibility of opening a family child care home.
  • Assistance with zoning needs
  • Assistance with HOA needs
  • Support with completing the Licensing application
  • Technical assistance and on-site support for setting up your learning environment
Contact Geanina Brown (719.651.3484) to access these supports today! You may also visit the Opening a Child Care page of the AFK website.
This is a three-day course offered quarterly:

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
This is a one-day course offered quarterly:
Click date to register: April 20 | July 27
The Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant for 2019-20 is 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.
Still don’t qualify, but need assistance?
If you still don't qualify, but need assistance with demonstrated competencies, professional credentials, coaching hours or getting ready for an upcoming rating? Contact Geanina Brown at 719.651.3484 to talk about AFK Fee-For-Service coaching.
RMECC Registration is OPEN!
The 2020 conference will have over 150 sessions in 11 different tracks, 2,000 attendees, 200 speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities. There is something for everyone! New this year, we are offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in 11 of our deeper dive sessions.
You must hold a current MOU with AFK to apply for CSQI funds.
  1. Log on to eConnect to create a spending request for your CSQI funds
  2. List each conference attendee
  3. Request funds
  4. Click "submit" to send request to your Council Navigator
  5. Your Navigator will send you a registration code
  6. Register with code at
  7. Click here for full details.
Important! If you or your staff plan to request Quality Improvement funds for attending the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference on March 13-14, 2020, be sure to submit requests as soon as possible. QI requests will require final approval before discount codes for registration can be provided to you. The approval process takes time and codes are generated manually, therefore RMECC specific information will be removed from eConnect a week prior to the conference registration closing date.
Infant and Toddler Care Sequence - courses on individualization, inclusive care, and culturally responsive care are available. The last three courses will be published in early 2020.
Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness (The Colorado-focused course, Supporting Children and Families Impacted by Homelessness is still available.)

Standard Precautions, Including Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases and Immunizations (A Spanish version of the course will be available in the Spring of 2020.)
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.
New Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) 
Documentation Requirements
For more information, an optional training certificate template, a requirements checklist, informational flyer with FAQs and a multi-use article, click here .
Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome & Abusive Head Trauma
PDIS Course 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.
Click on the boxes below for more information.
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.
  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.
February 19 | $90 | REGISTER
This course will address the complexities and challenges that teachers, treatment providers, case workers, guardians, CASA workers, foster and adoptive parents, and law enforcement staff face when attempting to understand and address many of the sexualized behaviors high-risk and traumatized children display. The primary focus of the training is on children who have experienced disruptions in healthy sexual development and therefore manifest a wide range of sexualized behaviors, from reactive to problematic and abusive. This course is highly interactive with opportunities to discuss scenarios you may have experienced.
April 23, 2020
Marriott Hotel
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
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.
Click Here for Continuing Education Unit Information