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Funding for the PIRC program as a whole has been discontinued by the US Department of Education. Therefore, most PIRC programs are no longer in operation although several are continuing with funding from other sources. You may contact PIRCs directly to determine their status.
Denver, CO
Colorado PIRC
Westminster, CO
7150 Hooker Street, Suite B
Westminster, CO 80030

Web site:
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mr. Richard Garcia

Phone: 720-890-0123
Fax: 720-540-8544

Evaluator: Dr. Elizabeth Heubline and Mr. Denys Vigil
Evaluator affiliation: Center for Alternative and Responsible Education (CARE)

State PIRC Board:

Mr. Arturo Jimenez, President
Ms. Shirley Otero, Vice-president
Ms. Rita Martinez, Secretary
Mr. Antonio Zamora, Treasurer
Mr. Ray Abeyta, parent and member-at-large
Ms. Elena Arranda, parent and Agency Representative
Mr. Ted Chavez, parent and member-at-large
Mr. Francisco Cortez, grand-parent and member-at-large
Maya Dansie, former high school student and student representative
Vanessa Garcia, former private school student and student representative
Mario Hernandez, parent and business representative
Janel Medina, parent and member-at-large
Jarad Sanchez, current high school student and student representative
Rosa Vergil-Garcia, former parent and member-at-large.

Special Advisory Committees:

The CSPC PIRC has a state advisory committee that will meet on a quarterly basis and it is comprised of a state board of education member, a local school board member from Denver Public Schools, a rural superintendent from Alamosa Public School, and parents of children enrolled in Title I schools.

The primary purpose of this grant is to work closely with schools to implement Parent Leadership Teams and continues training and technical assistance for the purpose of developing a sustainable structure for parent involvement.

Parental Engagement Model
The Parent Leadership Teams will develop a parent engagement plan that fully meets the requirements of Section 1118 of the No Child Left Behind Parent Involvement Legislation. The Parent Leadership Teams composed of an administrator or designee, teachers and parents will participate in four full-day Saturday training's. Teachers will be enrolled in a Practicum in Parental Involvement through Adams State College and will receive three Graduate Continuing EducationCredits. The credits are made possible by another non-federal grant.

The Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition will facilitate training sessions for the Parent Leadership Teams including, but not limited to the following topics:

  1. NCLB, Sections 1116 and 1118
  2. Colorado School Report Cards, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), School Choice and Supplemental Education Services
  3. CSAP: What's it all about?
  4. Family Friendly Reading and Writing Standards: School to Home Links
  5. Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families in the Educational Process
  6. 40 Developmental Assets: Creating an Asset-Rich Environment in Your School Where Every Student Feels Valued, Respected and Challenged to Achieve Their Full Potential
  7. Home Learning Support Strategies for Parents
  8. Evaluating Your Training Impact

Early Childhood Model
The Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition -PIRC will work with the ECE/Head Start teachers to implement our Three-Step School Readiness Program, an effective way for parents to prepare their child to be ready for kindergarten. The Three-Step Program is designed to 1) provide parents with parenting skills, 2) equip parents with techniques to teach their child pre-literacy and prewriting skills, and 3) provide coaching and mentoring to parents in the home.

As part of the early childhood education effort, the CSPC has contracted part of its ECE services to the Colorado Children and Family Foundation's HIPPY and PAT program.

Early Childhood Education Activities
Parents who have four-year olds are invited to participate in the Three-Step Process training, a comprehensive training that includes:

  1. Parenting using the Exploring Parenting 21st Century curriculum developed by Head Start
  2. Constructing Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) training developed by the CSPC and
  3. A home learning support program that includes coaching and mentoring in the home.

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
The local school parent leadership teams will design their local parent involvement plans based on the teams active research that they do at their sites. The parent involvement plans will be unique to each local school site.

Each plan will align to their specific school improvement efforts and the goals and objectives that they develop. All of the activities will fulfill the requirement under 1118.

Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.