Supporting our Early Childhood Workforce!
To focus on giving you TOP NEWS first and foremost, we've shifted some of our great resources to our website. The TOP NEWS is followed by clickable boxes for PD Resources and Colorado Shines Updates. We wrap up the newsletter with Pre-Licensing, some exciting news, and links to follow us on social media!
  • Children Thrive Outside: A New Day for Outdoor Play in Child Care: Join New America’s Early & Elementary Education Policy program and the National Wildlife Federation’s Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program for a webinar highlighting opportunities to build outdoor learning opportunities that help young children thrive, especially children who may lack access to safe parks, nearby nature, or free time with family. This webinar will feature research supporting outdoor learning as a health equity strategy; you'll hear success stories from practitioners in urban and rural settings and learn about policy levers at the federal and state levels for improving the quality of outdoor learning across early learning settings. Register today!

  • Need Medical Administration and/or CPR-First Aid? Colorado CPR Pros is offering an in-person training on May 15th at 2 pm. For online options, view their Calendar (complete Part 1 online as usual at Colorado Shines PDIS).

  • A new online NAEYC Code of Ethics training will be held on May 18th from noon - 1:30 pm. Training will include an overview of the NAEYC Code of Ethics, example scenarios, and time for discussion.

  • An Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery training is being offered. Register for the June 3rd Session or June 10th Session. Designed for early childhood professionals, this training covers evacuation, lockdown, active shooter, developing written plans, reunification with families, conducting drills, addressing access and functional needs, fire safety, contacting 911 and using reverse 911, communication, and continuity of operations.

  • A Pyramid Plus Approach online summer session begins on June 16th! This WED/SAT cohort is 46 hours of training and participants learn how to support the social and emotional health of our community's youngest children.

  • AFK's Early Childhood Mental Health Learning Series supports you in meeting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of children in your care. Click series title for flyer and links to video of each session. Videos include a link to a short survey to receive a certificate for one hour of social-emotional training.
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.
Next Five-Day Virtual Session
July 26-30 | $150
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. July 26-28 | $90
Contact Geanina Brown (719.651.3484) to learn more about classes and free supports or visit the Opening a Child Care page of the AFK website.
We're Excited to Share the News!
Joint Initiatives/Alliance for Kids is excited to be among the six partnerships taking on early childhood workforce challenges through the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative. We will be partnering with Denver’s Early Childhood Council (DECC) and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) to plan and implement a career navigation model. To learn more about the Initiative, visit #TransformECWF
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