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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.

General Information (Every Student)

School/District Focus

​Student Focus

Special Education Information


Looking for a Conference or Training?

  • CDE Calendar - Provides links to meetings, workshops, conferences, etc., and lists deadlines and other key dates provided by CDE staff
  • Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
    These conferences are family-centered events designed to offer support, information, and education to parents and professionals
  • PEAK Parent Center Calendar [Exiting CDE Website]
    Browse this statewide online calendar of events for families and educators of children and youth with disabilities.
  • Special Education Legal Conference - Provides special education legal trends / updates both nationally and those specific to Colorado. This conference is for parents, parent advocates, liaisons, parent & school district attorneys, school district special education directors and coordinators, school principals, administrative law judges and mediators, charter school administrators and members of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee.

Registration Monetary Assistance

There are limited funds for a family in Colorado with a child (3-21 years of age) who is eligible for special education services to attend a conference.

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.

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Contact Us

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