Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities.

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


Training Opportunities​​   

PACER Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Date | Time

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Minneapolis Convention Center

Registration Now Open

Registration Fee: $35

Lunch will be provided.

Registration is limited. 
Administrator and teacher
CEU’s will be available. 


Outstanding learning opportunity for general and special education teachers,
administrators, and parents
 interested in understanding more about mental
health and learning disabilities in children and young adults.

Clock Hours

The 6 clock hours offered are designed to meet the requirement for Minnesota
teachers renewing their teaching license in understanding the key warning signs
of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. Local re-licensure
committees, however, have final approval.

Click Here to Register

National Keynote Speakers 

PACER Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities

8161 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55437
Phone: (952) 838-9000
E-mail: • Web:

Prepare for summer with our annual Iowa Summer Camp List, available at!

Printed version available upon request; contact Ashley Gill at ASK Resource Center, or 
(800) 450-8667.

Check out these helpful resources as you prepare your child for summer camp!

Children at Home

The Children at Home program is designed to assist you and your family in securing the services and supports that you identify as necessary in helping your child remain at home. An underlying principle of the Children at Home program is that you and your family retain control of decisions which affect your child and family. Financial assistance is intended to enable you to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.

This program is designed to assist families raising a child with a disability in obtaining needed services and supports. The Family's intent must be to secure services and support that enable their child to remain in the family home.

“Services and support” help children with disabilities to remain at home, function more independently, and increase community inclusion. Services and support may include, but are not limited to, funding for:

  1. Purchase of equipment, respite care, supplies, or assistive technology.
  2. Payment of other costs that relate to the individual’s disability.

Click here for more information.


Annette Clarahan 
Family & 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
Family & 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.

Dr. Deb Cook
641-682-8591 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office

Ongoing Learning Opportunities 


  • Conferences, trainings, extended learning activities
  • Indicator 13
  • Student Accommodation Request Form (SAR)
  • Transition Tool Kit
  • Waiver Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • Newsletters

Parent Support Groups

The FEC 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.

Related Links

Related Documents


Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education

Center Lines, Newsletter from the U of IA Center for Disabilities and Development


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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