Colorado Parks and Recreation Association

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Special Interest Groups

Nite of the Stars 

This unique talent show is a statewide completion for ages K-12. Performers compete in the categories of VOICE, MUSIC and VARIETY. Local competitions are held by participating Cities and Municipalities and the first place winner in each age category and performance category move on to compete in the State competition.  For more information please contact Regina Smith

For all the audition info and state dates & times - Click Here!

Next PLAY/Teen Team Meeting

Meeting Title: Becoming a Youth Services Section of CPRA (or something like this)
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Perl Mack Community Center, 7125 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80221

Click here to RSVP for the meeting!

If you have any topics for discussion please send them to Courtney.

Preschool, Licensing And Youth programming (PLAY)

PLAY Conference 2014 - May 10, 2014

Mark your Calendars for "Cruisin' into Summer".  Excellent summer camp staff training.  Click here to Register!

Are you interested in speaking at the PLAY Conference?  Click here!  Proposals are due April 1st!

Join the Camp Resource Fair by clicking here!


The purpose of the PLAY group is to provide a network for Recreation Professionals to support licensed programs, such as preschool and school-aged, where ongoing communication and education will develop a unified group under Recreation Services of CPRA.  For more information contact Yasmin Cassini, Kim Evelsizer or Cathy Berends


  • To become a unified group, for both preschool and school age programs, in order to communicate more efficiently and consistently with the Colorado Department of Human Services.
  • To provide training and education opportunities throughout the network.
  • To offer support and guidance to Recreation Professionals regarding licensing issues.
  • To research and develop standard manuals, which will provide consistency between licensing agencies and give recreation professionals a guideline of operating procedures, which will be approved by the CDHS.

Meeting Info:

When: Every other month - alternating pre-school and school-age
Where are meetings typically held: TBD
Who is invited: Anyone interested in pre-schoool and school age programming
What is typically discussed: Licensing issues, PLAY Conference, team building, staff training and recognition

Teen Team


Teen Team is comprised of individuals who work with youth and teens in a recreation or educational setting, as well as with other aspects of local government. Teen Team provides a forum for individuals who work with youth and teens to share resources, network with other professionals and gather ideas. They host a Youth Summit each Fall. If you are interested in participating in this group please contact Courtney Sibayan

Meeting Info: 

When: September, November, January, March, May
Meeting locations change with every meeting, however we typically meet within the North Denver area
Who is invited: Anyone who works with teens or has an interest in learning or sharing ideas
What is typically discussed: teen programming, youth summit, summer camps, teen volunteers, youth councils/boards

Photos from Teen Team Youth Summit October 2013 at Rocky Mountain Village.  

  TTYS Scholarship Winner Grecia Portillo

Resource for the PLAY Team!

The American Camp Association has on-line staff trainings & certification programs for day-camp and after school program staff.  To learn more - click here!

Title: ACA Create Your Own Online Staff Training
Presenter: Deb Bialeschki, Ph.D., CPRP
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Mountain)

Access Info:
Step 1: Dial-In
Phone #: 888-289-4573
Code: 255 6553

Step 2: Web Login - LOGIN AS A GUEST with your First and Last name




CPRA Office

Mailing Address:

POB 1037
Wheat Ridge, CO  80034
Fax:  303.237.9750

Physical Address:

Richards Hart Estate
5349 W 27th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO  80214
*All deliveries must be made to the north door at 28th & Benton St


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