Get To Know COEF

COEF is about changing perspectives on what it means to work, de-mystifying the process, promoting barrier-reducing policies and practices, highlighting innovative technologies, and helping employment providers implement the most effective service delivery strategies.

The Employment First Strategic Plan

The Colorado Office of Employment First (COEF) is elevating Employment First strategies and practices statewide.

Community-Wide Expertise

Staff, advisors, and stakeholder partners with years of specialization and lived experience are shaping improved employment practices.

State and University Collaboration

An agreement between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and JFK Partners made COEF a reality.

COEF – Guided by a Mission

We are committed to elevating equitable employment in Colorado for all people with disabilities through…

  • Collaboration. We believe we are stronger together. We work together with our partners to promote work as part of a financially secure, healthy, and fulfilled life.
  • Systems Innovation. Convening to improve policies, remove barriers, bust myths, and promote technology. We strive to stay curious and creative about transforming systems and service delivery strategies.
  • Training Excellence. We believe the professionalization of our field is integral to advancing Employment First. We offer training and learning opportunities that equip professionals to provide high quality services.

COEF Four Primary Service Quadrants - Training, Technical Assistance, Communication and Evaluation

How did COEF begin?

The Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP) recommended an office be formed to coordinate Employment First efforts for the state, to promote competitive integrated employment, and to be a training hub for service providers, job seekers and their families, as well as employers. An appropriation was approved in 2019 by the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado Legislature and these funds were matched with Federal dollars by the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Timeline of COEF Journey from 2019-2023
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The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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