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2017-2018 Conference Dates and Locations

  • Fall 2017 - October 19-21, 2017 - Breckenridge, CO
  • Winter 2018 - February 22-24, 2018 - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Spring 2018 - April 26-28, 2018 - Crested Butte, CO

2017-2018 PEP Conference Application

FAQs About PEP


What is PEP?

PEP Is Parents Encouraging Parents!

The Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) plan conferences throughout the year that are family-centered and designed to offer support, information, and education to parents and professionals. We call these gatherings PEP Conferences!


PEP Conference Information

General Information

Three PEP Conferences are offered throughout the school year - one in the fall, one in winter and one in the spring. The purpose of these conferences is to bring Colorado parents (might include an adoptive parent(s), grandparent(s) or other relative(s), or a single parent) and professionals together to allow them an opportunity to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate success, and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability.  PEP and its conferences promote partnerships that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities and their families in schools and the community.

Each two and one-half day PEP Conference begins Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday afternoon until 3:00 p.m. The Colorado Department of Education pays for all lodging and meals for registered participants (excluding Friday evening’s meal). With these provisions to participants, we hope to provide the opportunity of the PEP experience to all interested families!

Note: During pep conferences no children will be permitted to the sessions or dining rooms. childcare, lodging and meals for family members not participating in a conference are not provided.

Who Should Attend?

Are you a Colorado parent or guardian who has a child with a disability? Are you a Colorado administrator, principal, teacher, medical or other service provider who is interested in the family-professional partnership?

We encourage and invite you to participate in a PEP Conference.

Read what past PEP Conference participants have said!

“I was truly inspired with this conference! The amount of information and resources made available to us was so valuable. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity. My daughter will benefit big time!” – Parent

“It is probably the best educational conference I’ve been to because of the content and participants. I think administrators should be encouraged to attend!” – School Professional

For more Information about Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP):

Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Family and School Partnering
Phone: (303) 866-6757
Email Joyce Thiessen-Barrett

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More Information

David Ramer
Program Support Assistant
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-866-6943
Fax: 303-866-6767
Email David Ramer

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