Parent-Educator Connection - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Parent-Educator Connection

The Parent & Educator Connection works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities.

PEC coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide PEC programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Please call your PEC coordinator for more information about what the PEC can do for you.

Training Opportunities​​

Ongoing Learning Opportunities 

Parent Circle Groups meet at ISU Extension: 127 N. Main Mount Pleasant IA 

The Nest of Des Moines Co, A Unique Program for Expectant and Young Families

Transition Clinic For teens 12 years of age or older.  Work together to develop action plan based on family goals to promote teen’s independence, develop  portable medical summary, collaborate with education/work transition plans, discuss future plans, activities of daily living and physical activity, guardianship and living arrangements, health insurance coverage, life in the community after high school, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, relationships and sexuality.  Clinic visit with the healthcare transition team that may include: Social Worker, Nurse Physician/Nurse Practitioner and/or Employment Specialist.  An order/referral from a physician is not needed.  Center for Disabilities & Development 877-686-0031 or 319-353-6900 or

Telecommunications Access Iowa is accepting applications for iPads for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have Speech Difficulty.  iPads are pre-loaded with special accessibility apps that are specific to an individual's communication needs.  

Links to help navigate the changes to Medicaid


Parent & Educator Connection brochure

Materials or Information available from PEC staff:

Parent Support Groups:

The PEC Library contains many resource materials on special education and disabilities that parents and educators served by GPAEA may check out free of charge. GPAEA has two main offices one in Burlington and one in Ottumwa. Materials may be checked out from either office. Resource materials include: Videotapes, Books, Children's books, and IBI/Success 4 Kits.


Annette Clarahan 
Parent Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517

Districts Covered:  Albia, Cardinal, Centerville , Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg , Fairfield, Fremont, Keota, Maharishi, Moravia, Moulton - Udel, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Juvenile Shelter, Ottumwa Seton Catholic School, Pekin, Seymour, Sigourney, Tri County, Van Buren, Wayne.

Kelly Wallace
Parent Educator Coordinator
319-385-9005 or 800-382-8970 Ext. 3034

Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.

Kim Kirchner 
Regional Special Education Director
319-753-6561 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office

Related Links

Related Documents


Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education

Iowa COMPASS Newletter

Procedural Safeguards for Parents

Parents have rights, known as procedural safeguards, which apply to every aspect of the special education process. State and federal laws and regulations outline what needs to happen to ensure that children with identified disabilities and on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
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