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 .
The NEW edition of the PD Catalog is now available!
To offer the most up-to-date catalog from this email, the link below takes you to our website for access to the catalog.

UPDATE! Our catalog includes two NEW pages:
All FREE supports offered by Alliance for Kids!
Contact information for connecting with AFK!
Training Opportunities
For class details and schedule for all sessions, click here.
Classes begin October 15th | Click to Register | Click for Flyer
New class on October 19th! | Click to Register
The Growing Brain | November 13 | Click to Register
This class is infant/toddler specific.
ACEs Cohort 2 | Begins January 8 | Click to Register
Saturday, January 18 | Click to Register | Download Flyer
FREE | March 5, 2020 | Click to Register
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
Sign Up for our PPA wait list to be notified of upcoming training. Click here.
For information about make-up sessions that may be available when our next session is offered, please contact Bernie McCarron at 719.659.7198
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.
New Pre-Licensing Classes are Available

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
October 14 | Click to Register | January 27 | Click to Register
Community Face-to-Face Open Forums
January 15 and May 20 | 6:30 pm | 2330 Robinson St., COS
Webinar Months | Link to be Provided
November 2019, March 2020, and July 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Colorado Shines | PDIS
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 719.466.9562.
For a list of preferred vendors for your CSQI Grant, click below.
Did you know CSQI grant funds can be used to reimburse for professional development? Apply today!
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.
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.
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.
Provider Resources
Are you someone working with and/or on behalf of children birth to eight and their families in the field of early childhood health, mental health, family support, or early learning in Colorado? If you are interested or know someone interested in learning about a graduate certificate in early childhood leadership, click below to learn more. Application Deadline: December 6, 2019

Read and learn about the 11th Cohort’s leadership stories in everyday contexts. The stories feature the issues and conversations Buell Fellows engage with and in during the program year.
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
Early Childhood Coaching Academy | View Flyer
Early Childhood Coaching Certificate Program | View Flyer
Webinars & Workshops
Virtual Infant-Toddler and School-Age Child Care Institute: Bridging the Child Care Continuum Through Policy and Practice
The Office of Child Care (OCC) is pleased to announce that the 2019 "Infant-Toddler and School-Age Child Care (ITSACC) Institute" will be a virtual event. 
Topical webinars:
  • November 13, 2019—11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Family Child Care (FCC): Supporting Quality
  • December 11, 2019—11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Quality Improvement Systems That Support Children Across the Age Continuum
  • January 8, 2020—11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Trauma and Resilience: The Role of Child Care Providers.
To obtain additional details and to register, visit the  ITSACC Institute website . If you have any questions, contact .
Pikes Peak Regional Family Child Care Association
8 am - 4 pm | Lunch Included | Click Here for Conference Details
A total of 7 hours of training will be offered; 3 hours will
be in the category of Social Emotional. Topics will include
Challenging Behavior, Outdoor Play, and Business Management.
Click to View ALL Early Childhood Investigations Recordings
NAFCC Webinars | Click Here to Register
Tom Copeland Presents...
Advanced Family Child Care Contracts and Policies
October 16, 2019 | 6:30 pm | Details & Registration
You may have written contract and policies, but parents don't always follow your rules. This webinar will cover how to manage conflicts with parents and enforce your rules. In this webinar we'll talk about:
  • How to establish consequences for parents who don't follow your rules
  • How to negotiate changes in your contract and policies
  • When and how to enforce your contract
  • How to collect from a parent: small claims court or a collection agency?
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.
10/24 Building A Business To Sell [WEBINAR]
Community Training
  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.
2019 Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Summit: Wild & Curious  
Join us on Saturday, October 26 at Denver Botanic Gardens to learn innovative ways to support curiosity in natural outdoor play environments, see examples of how the designed environment engages children in imaginative outdoor play and gain a deeper understanding of the many ways outdoor activity supports healthy development. Click here for more information and to register.
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 and 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.
Please join us for a free training to learn about programs you can use to incorporate important healthy practices into child care and early care and education settings.
Click Here for Continuing Education Unit Information
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 .