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The NEW edition of the PD Catalog is now available!
Information for September 2019 - January 2020 is included along with training descriptions and registration links. We appreciate your responses to our Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey which helped guide our addition of new training opportunities!
Training Opportunities
Our PD Catalog included training descriptions and course details.
September 26 | Intro to the Environmental Rating Scales
PDIS Face-to-Face | Register by logging in to PDIS account.
September 28 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon | Register | $10 | View Flyer

Additional ECHO Summits/Training Offered!
Wild & Curious | Denver Botanic Gardens | Oct. 26 | Click for Details
Demonstration Site Training/Panel | Frisco, CO | Nov. 6 | Click for Details
For class details and schedule for all sessions, click here.
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.)
Sign Up for our PPA wait list to be notified of upcoming training. Click here.
ACEs Cohort 1 | Begins October 2 | Click to Register
FREE | October 5, 2019 & March 5, 2020 | Click to Register
Saturday, October 5 | Click to Register | Download Flyer
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.
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.
New Pre-Licensing Classes are Available

For more Pre-Licensing info, click here or download flyer .
October 14 | Click to Register
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. 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
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.
The Colorado Shines PDIS team would like like to thank you for your patience as we work to process early childhood professional credential submissions! As you may have noticed, the estimated turnaround time is at twelve weeks. We realize this is not ideal and appreciate the time and effort you put into earning your early childhood credential. 
To help decrease the turnaround time, all members of the Early Childhood Workforce Development team are devoting time to credential review. In addition, the Colorado Shines PDIS help desk will remain closed on Wednesdays to provide extra time for credential review. 
As always, credential submissions that coincide with a QRIS rating are prioritized. When calling the PDIS helpdesk, please take into consideration when you submitted your credential information. 
Please visit the PDIS Helpdesk webpage for help with frequently asked questions. You may also email the helpdesk at  or call us at 1.844.447.4441, option 2.
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
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
This academy is specific to early childhood and teaches universal coaching strategies, benefiting professionals who are teachers, coaches, program directors, principals, family home child care providers, early interventionists 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.
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. 
This year’s Institute will kick off with a plenary session:
  • October 2, 2019—11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Quality: An Equity Lens across the Age Continuum),
Following the kick-off, there will be a series of three 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
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.
This class supports your Colorado Shines point structure under Business Administration Indicator. Learning about bookkeeping will support FCCH indicator 3.4 and child care center indicator 3.12: the program has a current-year operating budget and quarterly income and expense statements that show revenues, expenses, and budget compared to actual. Documentation must show comparison between projected annual and YTD figures for revenue and expenses.
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.
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 .