May 2019

Oh, what Parent Centers can achieve in one year! This page tells the story of A Year in the Life 2018: 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 2017-2018 Parent Center data collection and reporting process. This includes:

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The Results Are In! What Parent Centers Achieved

The results of the Parent Center data collection for 2017-18 are in! And they reveal the true depth and volume of what Parent Centers have done this past year.

  • A Year in the Life 2018: 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 2018: 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.

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An Adaptable Infographic for Parent Centers to Use

A network-wide summary of Parent Centers in Action 2018 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 2017-18, 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.

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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.

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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 2018

How many times did Parent Centers connect with families, professionals, and youth with disabilities in 2017-2018?

1.1 million+
That’s how many contacts Parent Centers had last year with parents, students with disabilities, and professionals!

Parent Centers
inform and train parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children

356,400+ | Parents attended trainings

392,900+ | Parents received individual assistance

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Contact your Parent Center!
Parent Centers serve every state, territory, and the District of Columbia
Find yours:

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Parent Centers
are knowledgeable, committed, statewide experts
on issues related to babies, children, and youth with disabilities

  • IEP assistance
  • On the phone, by text, by mail
  • In-person and virtual trainings
  • Websites
  • Webinars
  • Newsletters
  • Partners in systems change

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Parent Centers
also inform and train professionals and students with disabilities

359,000+ | Professionals and others

65,700+ | Students with disabilities

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Parent Centers are interested in…
improving outcomes for children and youth at home, at school, and in the community

Clearly, parents, students with disabilities, and professionals are interested, too!
1.1 million+
That’s the number of contacts Parent Centers had last year with the people they serve

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Parent Centers provide their services to families in 35+ different languages in addition to English and Spanish.

English | 79%
Spanish | 14.9%
Other languages | 5.4%

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Here’s what parents had to say about the services they received from their Parent Center

  • 92% learned more re: taking care of their child’s needs
  • 92% said their Parent Center’s info met their needs
  • 89% said they were ready to use the info they received
  • 92.6% said they would recommend their Parent Center to friends or family


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.

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