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Under cooperative agreements with the USDE Office of Special Education Programs, Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers work to increase the capacity of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) & Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) to effectively serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth to 26.
Collaborate with other USDE technical assistance providers to develop and disseminate products and information on research-based practices to the field, including SEAs, parent organizations, professional associations, disability organizations and other child-serving agencies.
*There are 106 Parent Centers serving families in every state and most of the U.S. territories.
* Our focus is on Helping families understand special and general education laws and evidence-based practices and to actively participate in planning and decision-making about supports and services for early intervention, education, and transition to adult life.
* Parent centers are Partnering with professionals, their states, LEAs and EI providers to improve the systems serving children with disabilities.
“Involving the community and engaging parents in the education of their children is critical for the successful implementation of any intervention associated with closing the achievement gap and increasing graduation rates.”
“However, unless parent and community involvement in education is deliberately planned and connected to a school’s and district’s academic goals for students, such efforts may not produce the desired results.”
- California Action Team Plan 2009
A Construct for ConsideringIntentional Parent/Family Involvementwithin the RTI Framework
Six Types of Parent Involvement
School, Family and Community Partnerships
Your Handbook for Action
Epstein et al. (2002)
National Center on RTI
National Center on RTI
Examples of Effective Strategies
Debra Jennings, Co-Director, Region 1 Parent TA Center, [email protected]