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(2017, March) | Useful to Parent Centers and other service providers who work with diverse populations. As communities become more culturally and linguistically diverse, community-based service organizations (CBOs) are called to do more to reduce disparities in access and use of important social services. An important strategy is developing cultural competency—behaviors, attitudes, and policies that […]

(2016, December) | Useful to Parent Centers working with Native communities. NAPTAC, the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center, developed this information package on bullying and cyberbullying expressly for Parent Centers to use and share with the American Indian or Alaska Native families with whom they work. Resources in the package include: Fact sheet about […]

(2016) Handouts available in English and Spanish | Useful to Parent Centers in supporting parent engagement in state and local dropout prevention efforts and other state or local initiatives. Parents and caregivers are arguably the most important stakeholders in a child’s educational success. With nearly 1.3 million students dropping out of high school each year, […]

This 2nd Edition of the OSEP Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms includes over 400 terms related to IDEA Parts B and C. These terms were selected by experienced translators from parent centers who worked with families with children with disabilities representing the majority of Spanish speaking cultures in Latin America and Spain. […]

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with parents of young children, including ways Parent Centers can support interventions that help more parents learn about effective parenting practices. Parents are among the most important people in the lives of young children. While parents generally are filled with anticipation about their children’s unfolding personalities, many lack information […]

(June 2016) Useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families in supporting early learning of self-determination skills and planning for life after high school. All young adults who are deaf-blind need extensive transition planning and services in order to experience success in adult life. Transition Institutes have historically sought to bring together young adults and their […]

(November 2015) Useful to Parent Centers in working with parents and getting them involved in the school nutrition environment and services; physical education and physical activity; and managing chronic health conditions in schools. The purpose of this guide is to explain how the resources for Parents for Healthy Schools can be used with and for […]

(January 2016) | Useful to Parent Centers in identifying and using best practices in engaging families and establishing partnerships with the families they serve. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) serves as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) which was last reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child […]

(June 2016) The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers states an opportunity to develop or refine a strategic vision for education to chart their own path forward. It also requires extensive outreach and engagement efforts, and CCSSO has released a stakeholder engagement guide , Let’s Get this Conversation Started, to help states engage with stakeholders to […]

June 2016 | Useful to Parent Centers in connecting the families they serve with summertime activities and ideas. Looking for suggestions about fun things to do this summer with your children with special needs? Here are three resources to check out! 16 Special Needs-Friendly Tips for Family Car Travel Oh no, don’t say we’re going […]