$14 Million Goes for 40 IDEA Parent Training and Information Centers

US-DeptOfEducation-SealThe 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.

Info: www.parentcenterhub.org/ptacs

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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