COVID-19 Resources and Information for Families Available Below

Welcome to FamilySPEAK! This site is a tool for strengthening families by providing family support, parent education and knowledge in one accessible location. Providing resources and supports positively impacts our community as families thrive and children develop their potential.

FamilySPEAK is maintained by Alliance for Kids (AFK), El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council. AFK, guided by the Colorado Early Childhood Framework, works to implement a comprehensive Strategic Plan through the work of its three standing committees which align with the focus areas of the Framework: Family Support & Education, Health & Well-Being, and Learning & Development

Colorado Early Childhood Framework | AFK Strategic Plan | Family Support & Education Committee


COVID-19 | Supporting Children & Families

As the public health crisis surrounding COVID-19 continues to unfold, FamilySPEAK has been working to gather important information and resources to support children and families to promote the well-being of everyone. We have categorized our information into sections below to help you navigate the resources that will best meet your needs. We’ll be adding them too – so visit again soon! These resources were shared by email with our Buzz subscribers, click HERE to read this edition.

Emotional Well-Being

According to Child Trends, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. Visit this section to learn more about protecting the well-being of your child or children in your care.

Health

The news around staying healthy can be overwhelming. In this section, you will find information and guidelines for keeping yourself, your child, and others in your home healthy.

Nutrition

Is mealtime becoming a challenge? Learn more about making the most of what’s available, community resources for those in need, and even fun ideas to try with your children.

Learning at Home

As situations change for every family, parents and caregivers have a new role in supporting learning at home. This section offers practical strategies to help your child continue to learn and develop.

Early Learning & Development

Want to determine if your child is on track for their age? Are you concerned about your child's development?

Child Health & Behavior Supports

Need support for a child exhibiting challenging behavior at home, a care setting or preschool? Looking for dental care for your child?

Community
Calendar

Need to find connections for classes, discussion groups, events, or other offerings in the community?

Make Connections

Feeling like you are all alone? Community playgroups are a positive way to connect with other parents and caregivers.

Working with Children

Our community prosperity depends on our children's ability to thrive. We're here to support those who work with children.

Parenting & Beyond

In its collaboration with community organizations, FamilySPEAK comes across ideas, resources, and opportunities that fall outside our main topics…we’ve shared them below.

Health & Nutrition
Getting Creative
Activities
Brain Building

Parenting Education

FamilySPEAK brings you class information on the calendar page, including those that meet court ordered requirements. Our Video Library offers an Early Learning and Development Guideline series to increase your knowledge as a parent or caregiver. The Supports menu provides resources for families, schools, and the community; promoting education on positive parenting, reducing the stress of parenting, nurturing caring relationships, increasing knowledge of child development, connecting to supports, and helping your child manage feelings and relationships.  

Family Success Stories

Kidpower of Colorado
"I wanted to let you know my daughters attended the Kidpower class this last weekend and they loved it. We did the family workshop - they learned so much; they feel more prepared if they come across a situation with a bully or stranger. I just wanted to say thank you for referring us."
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Partners in Parenting
"Just got a chance to check out the new website. It was great! Very easy to navigate and has so much great information. I will be using it on a regular basis. Even answered some discipline struggles I am having with my little guy in the parents tip sheets."
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