Oh, what Parent Centers can achieve in one year! This page tells the story of A Year in the Life: Parent Centers in Action nationwide: who they help, how they help, the languages they use to help, the volume of information they disseminate and how, the disabilities they address, the systems-change activities they participate in, and much, much more.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources is very honored to share with you the results of the 2016-2017 Parent Center data collection and reporting process. This includes:
- a look at what Parent Centers achieved, nationwide and network-wide;
- an infographic that’s adaptable by Parent Centers to showcase their own individual achievements and data collection results;
- a 2-page CPIR Quick Guide to support Parent Centers in adapting the infographic; and
- a summary of the Parent Center results that’s the easiest of all to access, because you can read it right here.
How Do We Know?
How do we know how many of this and what type of that occurred in a year in the life of a Parent Center? We know, because every year the network of 90+ Parent Centers funded by OSEP collects and reports data on the broad scope of the work they have done over the year. If you’d like to see the data collection forms they have to fill out and submit, the definitions to be used when collecting that data, and the evaluation questions they ask of the families they’ve served, visit the Parent Center Data Collection page, where you will find “all.”
The Results Are In! What Parent Centers Achieved
The results of the Parent Center data collection for 2016-2017 are in! And they reveal the true depth and volume of what Parent Centers have done this past year.
- A Year in the Life: Parent Centers in Action. Here’s the infographic CPIR produced after the data were in and crunched. It’s 2 pages (designed to be printed front/back to become a 1-page handout or mini-poster), in PDF format (1 MB), in full color, and a stunning portrait of what can be achieved by a few, extremely dedicated people for the benefit of so many.
Feel free to share this portrait of a Year in the Life: Parent Centers in Action far and wide, for it provides resounding evidence that Parent Centers are valuable partners and capacity builders for families of children with disabilities and for the professionals who work with the children. Parent Centers are vital points of contact in communities nationwide, and critical partners for states, early intervention systems, and schools responsible for so much in the educational and developmental well-being of children and youth with disabilities.
Further below, we provide the data results in plain text, for easy reading and immediate access.
An Adaptable Infographic for Parent Centers to Use
A network-wide summary of Parent Centers in Action gives us all an instant perspective on what has been achieved collectively. But what about what each individual Parent Center did? Achieved? It’s important to see what your Parent Center accomplished in 2016-17, who you served, how you served them, and so on. You can share these data:
- to spotlight your Center’s work;
- to let newcomers know that your services are reliable, informed, and available in many different forms (e.g., virtual, print, interactive, in-person);
- as evidence of the power and reach of your Parent Center as a partner working on behalf of children with disabilities and their families and service providers.
Download the Adaptable Infographic. This infographic is designed so it can be easily changed, inserting your Center’s numbers and data results into key blocks of information. It’s provided as a PowerPoint file (1.1 MB) and results in an infographic that’s 1-page long. Easy to insert your Center-specific accomplishments, add your logo and contact information. (Want a quick guide to what to change and where?)
Of course you are at liberty to change the infographic’s colors or layout to suit yourself. In any event, you would then save your new PowerPoint, then save it again as a PDF, then print and share!
Share with your staff, your board, all potential partners or funders, newcomers to your services, everyone on your mailing list, in your newsletter, and most definitely on your Website. You have EARNED the space for showcasing how you’ve helped and who. Don’t be shy. This is evidence that speaks loud and clear, and people in your state and local community will greatly appreciate having real, solid, data-driven evidence of your worth and credibility.
CPIR’s Quick Guide to Adapting the Infographic
Also download this 2-page guide that will show you, with screenshots, where your Center-specific information needs to be inserted. We provide this guide just in case you might find having such a “checklist” helpful.
Want to See the Results Right Here, Right Now? A Summary for All
As promised, here are the data results provided in the network-wide infographic. This summary isn’t flashy or fancy or full of pictures; it’s just plain text, plain truth!
Parent Centers in Action
Disabilities touch all of us.
Do you have questions, need connections?
Does someone you know?
That’s how many contacts Parent Centers had last year with parents, students with disabilities, and professionals!
Contact your Parent Center!
Parent Centers serve every state, territory, and the District of Columbia
Find yours: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/
Disability-Related Supports You Can Find at Your Parent Center
- Workshops and trainings
- Websites and Webinars
- Connection to local and state resources\
- Individualized help, in person, on the phone, by text, be mail
- Facebook / Twitter
- Help with IFSPs, IEPs, 504 plans
are knowledgeable, committed, statewide experts
on issues related to babies, children, and youth with disabilities
Parent Centers are interested in…
…improving outcomes for children and youth at home, at school, and in our communities
Clearly, parents, students with disabilities, and professionals are interested, too!
That’s the number of contacts Parent Centers had last year with the people they serve
Look at the volume of our contacts with people—in over 40 different languages.
292,400+ | Contacts with parents attending trainings
394,400+ | Contacts with parents receiving individual assistance
279,000+ | Contacts with professionals served
34,700+ | Contacts with youth with disabilities served
English | 67.7%
Spanish | 27.3%
Other | 5.1%
Here’s what parents had to say about the services they received from their Parent Center
- 93.6% say Parent Center info met their needs
- 92.9% learned more re: taking care of their child’s needs
- 91.2% say they are ready to use the info they received
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is enormously proud to support the outstanding work of the Parent Center network nationwide.
Parent Centers are funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). So is CPIR, under Cooperative Agreement #H328R130014.