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 Facebook .
Our 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.
Training Opportunities
Creating Dynamic Outdoor Spaces for Young Children: Supporting Implementation
May 22 | 9 am - 12 pm | 2335 Robinson St. | View Flyer
In this 3-hour hands-on training, you will learn how to assess and analyze an outdoor space, be able to identify best practices in outdoor learning environments and begin to reimagine the outdoors into a dynamic, flexible and natural environment that engages children. The tools and experiences from this training will allow you to support child care programs in various settings and help ensure young children have access to high quality outdoor learning environments.
May 30, June 6, 13, 20 | View Flyer | Click to Register
Alliance for Kids announces a four-part series of training for early care and education professionals working with children with high needs.
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

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
Click on the dates to register: July 22 | October 14
May 15: Getting Ready for Summer
June 19: No Forum

6:30 - 8:30 pm | AFK Conference Room | 2335 Robinson Street
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

If you logged into the Colorado Shines PDIS, you may have noticed some changes! The course catalog is now organized by the eight competency domains instead of Level 2 clock hours. Looking for Level 2 courses? Don't worry, Level 2 courses haven't gone away, they just look a little different. 
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're looking for Level 2 courses: 
  1. Most courses are eligible for Level 2 clock hours.
  2. If a course is eligible for Level 2 clock hours, it will clearly say so in the course description.
  3. You can still search for Level 2 courses by using the drop down menu at the top of the course catalog.
We hope this change makes it easier for you to find courses that interest you! 
Educational Opportunities & Resources
There's Still Time to Register for the
Southern Colorado Education Series
PART 2: Get Grants 
May 15 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM | Rawlings Library in Pueblo, CO 
Presenter: Nellie Stagg | $50 Regular | Click to Register
This workshop will teach participants best practices in grant writing and tips for success when writing the Colorado Common Grant Application. Participants will understand the essential elements included in a grant proposal and how to craft a compelling case for support through interactive exercises. A review of grant terminology, sources of grant funding, and research tools including the Colorado Grants Guide™ will be discussed.
Two-Day Strategic Grant Workshop
June 6 - 7, 2019 | Boulder, CO | Click to Register
This special workshop will offer you valuable tools and resources to write an effective proposal to government, foundation, and corporate grant makers. Our resourceful and expert instructor, Mr. John O'Malley, will teach you proven strategies to develop proposal ideas that meet priorities of grant makers
  • Pre-proposal planning techniques
  • Communication with grant makers
  • Handling application components
  • Budgeting
  • Discounts for groups and participants interested in taking this course as refresher.
Our class size is limited, so please visit our website today for workshop details.
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. 
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. A seamless transition of the program is currently in progress and ECCLA recently welcomed Shannon Hall as Manager of Scholarships.

ECCLA is the membership association for Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils. They support our Early Childhood Council by providing technical assistance and capacity building, implementing shared measurement, advocating for policies affecting early childhood, and leveraging statewide partnerships.
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.
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.

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  
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.
Directors Roundtable | Webinars | Workshops
Directors Roundtable Meeting
May 16, 2019 | 12—1:30 pm
Alliance for Kids Conference Room | 2335 Robinson St.
Attention directors- you are the experts in employee appreciation. Come and share your ideas with each other! Be prepared to share two ideas that have worked in the past for you. You can participate in sharing resources and create an appreciation board. Come and have fun with other directors in this “make and take” interactive time.
$15 per person | Light lunch | Click to Register
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
NAFCC Webinars | Click Here to Register
Reaching Your Retirement Goals presented by Tom Copeland
May 15 @ 6:30 pm | Click to Register
Learn how to reduce your expenses, increase your income, save more money for your retirement, and choose the best IRA for your family. Here's what Tom will be talking about:
  • Identify ways to reduce expenses and increase income
  • Where to put money to meet long-term goals
  • Learn how to prioritize long-term financial goals
  • Understand the basics of retirement investing
  • IRA retirement plans for providers: traditional IRA, Roth, SIMPLE, SEP, and Self Employed 401(k)
Don't forget that you can now receive 0.1 CEU credit by watching this and other select NAFCC webinars and completing the accompanying webinar quiz with 80% or higher. You don't even have to attend the live version to receive credit!  Click here  to learn more about how to receive your CEU credit for attending the live or recorded version.  Click here  to view the answers to our most commonly asked questions about webinars.
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 .