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Affective Needs Center Program

In Affective Needs (AN) programs, Jeffco builds relationships in a safe and consistent environment in an academic setting. Students who come to AN programs frequently have had behavior challenges and require more structure and time to build school-ready behaviors.

AN programs help students rebuild trust while feeling safe and comfortable in school. The programs support any student with behavioral needs, including students who have qualified for:

  • Special Education (SPED)
  • Serious Emotional Disability (SED)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Health Impairment (HI)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Jeffco’s AN Center Programs use the Colorado Department of Education’s SED Quality Indicators.

Affective Needs Program Focus

Jeffco focuses on teaching students social and emotional skills while keeping on pace with academic standards. 

Staff members at schools with AN programs have access to professional learning on trauma-informed practices and de-escalation strategies.

AN programs model, teach and reinforce school-ready skills through integration into the general education classroom. These skills include:

Remaining safe with support:

  • Students are taught to safely express their needs with fading, or gradual release of, adult support.

Accepting responsibility:

  • Students learn to apologize and express empathy for others so that they can solve problems.


  •  Students practice appropriate responses to frustrating situations.

Following classroom routines and instructions:

  • Students learn to respond to classroom expectations appropriately and complete schoolwork.

Contact Us

Special Education

Special Education Community Support Line: 303-982-6682
Child Find Intake: 303-982-7247
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