The Alliance for Kids was created in 1996 to ensure that all children in El Paso County have access to quality childcare.
The El Paso County Department of Human Services (EPC-DHS) and local early childhood professionals developed a strategic plan and process for implementing quality early child care and education programs. Over 50 key stakeholders formed the Alliance including parents, early care and education providers, school districts, higher education institutions, health organizations and community agencies.
In 1997, the Alliance for Kids became a Colorado Consolidated Child Care Pilot. As a Pilot council the Alliance was able to request waivers to rules and regulations that created barriers for children and families' access to quality child care. The Alliance also obtained technical assistance in creating an early childhood system of care. The Pilot designation allowed the Alliance and its members to apply for additional funding which has resulted in well over five million dollars in new child care dollars flowing into the county.