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Family Information and Resources

Welcome to the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) family information and resources page! Here you will find helpful information for families and educators of children and youth with disabilities in Colorado.


NOTICE: Parent Survey 2014-2015/Una Encuesta Para Padres 2014-2015



General Information

General information about Colorado's education system including some resources, priorities and initiatives.

Special Education Information and Resources
Special education information including some essential tools and resources.

Conferences and Trainings
Conference and training information.

Family, School and Community Partnering
When families, school and communities work together, children are more successful and schools improve. Learn more about how you can partner.

Performance and Accountability
Learn more about Colorado's system of accountability and find out how our state, districts and schools are performing.


What's New

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
Family-centered conferences for parents and professionals that are designed to offer support, information and education and that promote partnerships that strive to include children with disabilities and their families in schools and the community. Click on the link above for more detailed information about PEP, or click on the following link(s) to go directly to the 2014-2015 PEP application.

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Colorado Special Advisory Committees

Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC)
This is a state level committee mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children/youth with disabilities.

Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council
(Exiting CDE Website) This council is mandated by federal law and is appointed by the governor to advise and assist the lead agency to implement the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)
A State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education that will review best practices and recommend to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement in public education, thereby helping to improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students' academic achievement throughout the state.



National Resources
National resources for families and educators of children and youth with disabilities

Colorado Resources
Colorado resources for families and educators of children and youth with disabilities


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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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