The Education Dept. (DoEd) distributes about $14 million in five-year grants to operate 40 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) parent training and information centers to assist families of children with disabilities.
The centers will provide parents with details and assistance on laws, policies and research-based education practices for children with disabilities. They will inform parents how data can be used to guide instruction; how to interpret results from evaluations and assessments; and ways to effectively engage in school reform activities.
The parent center grants currently funded promote effective education of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring they have meaningful opportunities to participate in their children’s education.
“Parents are crucial to their child’s readiness to learn at every step of the education pipeline,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These centers will work on behalf of parents to help their children with disabilities achieve their academic potential.”
There are also three National Parent Technical Assistance Centers: the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center; the Center for Parent Information and Resources; and the Branch Military Parent Technical Assistance Center. The national centers are designed to support the work and capacity building of all Parent Centers across the country, not just Parent Centers in a given region.