Family-centered services

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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) | 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 […]

(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 | 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 […]

(2016, March) | Useful to military families and to Parent Centers working with military families. This extensive resource page comes from the Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC), also known as the Branch. The Branch is funded by OSEP to help Parent Centers increase their visibility with, and support for, military families within their communities. The […]

(August 2015) Useful to Parent Centers in identifying and using best practices in engaging families and establishing partnerships with the families they serve. This webinar was a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsored webinar presented by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The […]

(Published December, 2004) |Useful to anyone interested in supporting families as primary partners in their child’s development: community leaders, providers, administrators. This tool kit aims to help communities partner with parents to enhance child development and school readiness. Its two-part approach involves: 1) developing parents as their child’s first teacher; and 2) engaging parents as decision makers […]

(2014 | Available in English and Spanish) | Partners in Making Your Case is a 3-hour self-study course designed to help people with disabilities and their families create positive change through advocacy. The course helps participants understand the legislative process, the essential elements of good advocacy, identify and research personal issues, then advocate for systems change […]