Provider Resources

El Paso County Community Resource Guide

This guide is being provided to families and childcare providers by El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and you are encouraged to add additional community resources that you think are appropriate. Please forward any valuable resources that you feel would be important to include in future printings to
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Alliance for Kids Resource Library

Alliance for Kids maintains a comprehensive Resource Lending Library! Offered by your Early Childhood Council, this resource allows you to check out resources, including books, kits and videos, to help you grow as an Early Childhood Professional. We have new trauma resources in the Inclusion/Special Needs/Trauma section. Visit the Resources for Providers page on the Alliance for Kids website.

KIDS COUNT in Colorado!

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! is an annual publication of the Children’s Campaign, providing state and county level data on child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status. Since its first release 21 years ago, KIDS COUNT in Colorado! has become the most trusted source for data and information on Colorado children and is relied upon by lawmakers, community leaders and child advocates to inform policy debates and community discussions on issues impacting kids.
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Colorado Mandatory Reporter Online

Training is now available. Get trained today and print your certificate. As part of Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy”, the Division of Child Welfare has created a new web-based training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect.
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Early Learning and Development Guidelines

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant team in collaboration with SE2 Communications has developed a resource website for the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDG). This website includes information in both English and Spanish with sections that will be tailored to each audience (family, provider or teacher, advocate) and allow site visitors to explore the Guidelines. The website feature the following: visuals, template platform, interactive toolkit, and “share your story” option. Extensive time and energy has gone into the development of the ELDGs, as well as the website, and we are excited to get this valuable information into the hands of partners and families in communities statewide.
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Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student and overall system performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.

We have clear goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness, school/district performance and state agency operations – all aimed at preparing students for success after high school. The Expanded CDE Resource Bank provides quick and easy access to resources for Colorado educators that are designed to advance student learning through a focus on standards, assessments and educator effectiveness.
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Colorado Department of Human Services

Abuse and neglect impacts more than 37,000 children a year in Colorado. See how our community is meeting the needs of Colorado’s most vulnerable children, youth & families. This site provides data for abuse and neglect referrals in Colorado (by county).
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Recognize Trauma

If a child’s behavior is unusual, investigate the possibility of past trauma. There is hope for children whose lives have been affected by trauma. You can change a child’s future by learning: types of events that young children find traumatic, symptoms of post-traumatic stress and ways to help children affected by trauma. There is also a screening tool.
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Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in partnership with the Colorado PTA has created family guides to the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides are in English and Spanish and are helpful tools for communities across Colorado to better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each grade and content area – providing examples of educational experiences that students can engage in during the school year with the support of their families and communities.
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Colorado Crisis Services

The hardest part about getting help for a mental health, substance use, or emotional issue is knowing where to begin – especially when an issue reaches a crisis point. Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential, and immediate help for any mental health, substance use, or emotional concern, 24/7/365. Call 844-493-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained professional who will provide immediate support and connect you, or someone you know, to further resources. Colorado Crisis Services is also a resource for case managers and all professionals connected with the child welfare system, Division of Youth Corrections, domestic violence victim services providers, and anyone working with at-risk families.
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SafeCare Colorado

SafeCare Colorado is a carefully designed, voluntary, child abuse and neglect prevention program being implemented by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in partnership with the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. To date, the program has been implemented with two cohorts of sites across the state and the lessons we have learned from these sites continue to inform our implementation plan with Cohort 3 sites. Provider agencies interested in implementing SafeCare Colorado must be committed to supporting the implementation process, including the willingness to problem solve issues that may arise within the initial period until the program is fully sustainable.
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Cyber Bullying and Parents Guide

Elementary school bullying and high school harassment have been around for ages. Today, a new online crime is making itself more and more prevalent. More than 80% of teenagers use mobile phones, roughly 93% of college students engage on Facebook — and more than 50% of teenagers and adolescents have been bullied by others through cellular technologies and the Internet. Recent studies show that the distance created by the Internet might pose a threat to the development of in-person social skills and many adolescents use the Internet to make the lives of others miserable. Cyberbullying occurs when someone uses mobile technologies or the Web to deliberately embarrass, harass or hurt someone else. Grabel & Associates provides this guide detailing cyber-bullying along with resources for more information. (Providing this link does not imply any endorsement of their legal services.) You can visit their website below, and we have some additional links on this topic:

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Community Resource Directory

A directory of local resources and supports for parents, caregivers, and families.