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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.
Colorado PIRC
Denver, CO
Westminster, CO
3607 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Web site:
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Tina House

Phone: 303-355-5387 ext. 327
Fax: 303-321-2959

Evaluator: Robert Reichardt
Evaluator affiliation: Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA), University of Colorado at Denver

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State PIRC Board:

Noemi Aguilar, Colorado Department of Education, Consolidated Federal Programs,  Parent Engagement Specialist for Title I, Title III and Migrant Education
Gwen Welch, Jeffco Family Literacy, Program Coordinator
Myra Paredes, Parent Liaison Middle School
Emma López, Parent
Annette Hall, Parent
Chandra DeSimone, Parent
Ivonne Ramos, Parent
Mercedes Chavez, Parent
Silvia Ramirez, Parent
Claudia Rueda, Parent
Fernanda Briseno, Senior at West High School, Denver Public Schools

Sub-contracted Partners
Lynn Huizing, PTA President
Erika Stevenson, Colorado Parent and Child Foundation-Statewide PAT & HIPPY programs, Coordinator
Jennifer Richardson, Families First Statewide Family Support Line, Director
Sue Edwards, Community Resource, Inc., Director
Knoel Hendrick, Family Leadership Training Institute, Statewide Coordinator

Special Advisory Committees:

The CAB is responsible for helping to facilitate CPIRC’s work in the community; provide feedback on our materials, provide workshops and outreach efforts to ensure we are reaching targeted audiences in a culturally appropriate and relevant manner; field-test materials; identify unmet needs of the target population. Spanish-speaking members’ help staff edit and adapt all material translated into Spanish to ensure comprehension by diverse Latino populations.

Over the next five years, CPIRC will expand its focus on support to Title I schools and districts. CPIRC’s goals are:

Goal 1: To help schools and districts implement effective parent involvement policies and activities to improve children's academic achievement, including helping parents understand state and local report cards and options for public school choice and SES.

Goal 2: To develop and strengthen partnerships among parents (including parents of children from birth to five), teachers, administrators, and other staff in meeting the educational needs of children to improve home-school communications.

Goal 3: To develop and strengthen the relationship between parents and their children’s school to ensure that young children are ready for school and experience smooth kindergarten transitions.

Goal 4: To further the developmental progress of children in early childhood home visitation programs through parent education in supporting children’s learning at home and preparing them to enter school.

Goal 5: To coordinate activities funded under the program with other local, state and federal parent involvement initiatives including, parent planning, review and improving programs funded under Section 1118 by providing a comprehensive approach.

Parental Engagement Model

CPIRC’s conceptual model is based on Joyce Epstein’s 6 Types of Parent Involvement that is aligned with NCLB and involves school staff and parents in the process of planning, reviewing and improving parent involvement policies, plans and compacts. Our delivery model is 3 pronged: direct dissemination of information and training to educators and parents, parent education through our partners, and capacity building with districts and schools through Training of Trainers and intensive technical assistance.

Early Childhood Model

Both HIPPY and PAT home visitation parent education programs are statewide, and the Developmental Model of Kindergarten Transition is used for school readiness.

Major Activities
CPIRC’s major activities in early childhood and increasing parental involvement are parenting education in child development and school readiness; linking parents/preschoolers, ECE providers with kindergarten teachers to better inform parents and each other of school readiness; informing parents of ways to be involved with schools and support learning at home; school staff training to include parents in planning, review and improving programs to increase student achievement; and training of trainers and direct technical assistance to schools and districts to build capacity for meaningful parent involvement that aligns with NCLB.

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
The needs of parents are met by providing parents and schools with a variety of options to be involved with their children and their children’s school. CPIRC builds capacity in districts and schools with tools to identify parental needs, and provides customized training and technical assistance to create effective partnerships for improved student achievement.

Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The Colorado PIRC partnership mix represents urban, suburban and rural interests, a high concentration of educationally and economically disadvantaged families as well as English Language Learners, and reaches schools and districts in counties and municipalities statewide.

Unique Characteristics

In order to bring more coherence to a fragmented system, CPIRC partners with and collaborates with organizations that represent all facets of the educational landscape. CPIRC is unique in that it networks with these groups on a regular basis to ensure all efforts for parental involvement include groups and organizations statewide and target services statewide, creating a comprehensive and cohesive system for Colorado schools and districts.

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.