SEPTEMBER 2020 EDITION
Professional Development News
In an effort to take every precaution and prioritize health and safety, Alliance for Kids/Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families is providing alternate platforms for training.
The NEW PD Catalog for October - December is HERE! We've added new information to help you easily identify training that meets your needs. View the entire catalog from the button below. Click the boxes below for training-specific details, including registration, health & safety procedures, AFK's refund policy, and new training guidelines.
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Click Here for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Information
Pre-Licensing Classes & FREE Supports
Are you thinking of becoming a licensed child care provider? AFK is here to support you every step along the way.

Quarterly Pre-Licensing Classes
Each quarter, AFK offers a course for becoming a licensed provider. See our two options below.
 
Next Five-Day Virtual Session
 
Rules, Regulations & Business Rules for Family Child Care Homes
This course for exempt providers is offered on the first three days of each quarterly Pre-Licensing session. Register for the October 26-28th course HERE.

To help you along your business journey, AFK offers FREE services!
  • Where to start and what is important to consider when exploring the possibility of opening a family child care home - call us first if your considering enrolling in the Pre-Licensing classes!
  • 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 or visit the Opening a Child Care page of the AFK website.
The Colorado Shines rating process has been modified to support a virtual assessment during COVID-19. Additional details will be provided in informational sessions over the coming months to help you adapt to the virtual process. Click HERE to learn more and register for an information session.
To help the Office of Early Childhood begin planning courses for the upcoming year, they want to hear from YOU! Use their quick survey to share what you see as needs for online coursework offered through the Colorado Shines PDIS.

Take the survey HERE.
ITERS/ECERS-3 Versions            
These versions are put on hold for Colorado Shines ratings due to COVID-19. Programs that would be going through a rating should continue using the ERS-R version of the scale. Please note that this information is subject to change until CDC guidelines change. If you need support with this new tool, contact Geanina Brown (719.651.3484) to set up coaching or to answer questions.
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Infant and Toddler Care Sequence
Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Standard Precautions
NEW! Printable PDIS Catalog | Click Here 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.
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Transitioning to Virtual Coaching
As we adapt to these unexpected and challenging times, coaches around the world are making the transition to technology as a medium to support our work with educators. Connecting with coachees through video platforms may look different, but is still relevant and critical to support educator resilience and increase educator confidence as they support children and families.

The Office of Early Childhood's coaching team knows this leap into virtual coaching can present its own challenges and has pulled together a toolkit to support coaches during this time.
Please Note: Webinars, workshops, and training opportunities 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.
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.
Denver's Early Childhood Council is excited for RMECC 2021! It will come at a perfect time to rejuvenate after a tough year. It will remind us that even virtually we can stay connected, and connected together we're strong! That's why this year we've selected the theme Spark a Connection; Illuminate the Future! We can't wait for you to join us as we bring the theme to life during the event. Click HERE to find out more!
The ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference 2020 is going virtual and coming live to a screen near you October 5-9, 2020!

This unique virtual learning experience gives you the added flexibility to Be Connected safely and on your own schedule. Immerse yourself in the latest research and education. Be Inspired and prepared to move your practice forward in our changing and challenging world. Pre-Conference Forums available virtually beginning September 22 through October 1.
If you weren't able to attend the live National Family Child Care Conference, you can now access the entire conference on-demand, including the Bonus Sessions!
If you were registered for the event, click HERE and select the "View Conference On Demand" button. (You will need your email and password.)
If you were not previously registered, you may still register by clicking HERE.
On-demand videos will be available to view until Thursday, October 15, 2020. The keynote and workshop evaluations and quizzes will be open until Friday, October 23, 2020.
For all NAFCC webinars, click the logo in this email.
Strategies for Making Distance Learning Work: Over the course of the next few months, you’ll learn from Teaching Strategies and their partners in the field about how to get started, effective strategies, and the latest research on distance learning. Learn more about this series HERE.

Self-Care for Educators: Educators always have a full plate of responsibilities. But now, many educators feel overwhelmed with the added weight of teaching during a pandemic. It is imperative that you have strategies in place to help prioritize your typical responsibilities and new distance learning tasks, while still taking the time for self-care and reflection. Learn more about this series HERE.

Can't attend? Don’t worry! Register anyway and you will receive a link to the archived webcast when it’s available.  
Colorado CPR & Safety Professionals will be offering Medication Administration (Part 2) virtually on every other Tuesday evening. The next one is scheduled for September 24th. For more information, view their Training Calendar.
Healthy Child Care Colorado promotes and support best practices by providing grants, professional development, technical assistance, and advocacy. Visit their Jobs Board or visit their website.
Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders. Now, you can participate in conference-quality training without leaving your home. Subscribe to Blog for updates HERE. To view ALL Early Childhood Investigations recordings, click HERE.
Social Emotional Learning through Trauma-Informed Practice
Register Now for 50% off!
Tools for strengthening responsive caregiving in ECE, supporting positive behaviors, and nurturing children’s learning and development. Course Details & Registration
ECE Formula is an online platform for learning, training meets PDIS requirements for ongoing professional development.
Nature Explore has New Online Sessions for Educators! This opportunity offers engaging, inspiring and research-based sessions to support you and your team during this trying time. Nature soothes the soul and finding hope in your daily life can too. Join us as we continue to explore concepts and plan for nature-rich experiences for children and the adults who support them. Learn more about upcoming sessions HERE.
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Environments - A FREE Virtual Professional Development Community

Are you an Early Childhood Professional seeking:
  • A supportive community of professionals that you can access from anywhere?
  • Ideas for how you can promote inclusion in your school or program?
  • Professional advice on challenging issues and topics?
If you answered yes to the above questions, join our ECHO! ECHO participants collaborate with other educators in a case-based learning environment in order to learn about evidence-based practices and develop advanced skills. For full details on joining this Professional Development Community, click HERE. Learn more about University of Denver’s Project ECHO.
October 13, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the conference has been rescheduled to October 13, 2020. Registrations for this event are transferable but non-refundable. Please click HERE to learn more.
Healthy Child Care Colorado offers resources to support health, safety, and wellness in early childhood settings, including:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program is administered by the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance. Contact Shannon or call (720) 899-3047 or visit ECCLA’s website for program eligibility and application opportunities.
Need more assistance? Contact AFK!