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Webinar | Premiering Two New Resources for Parent Centers

In this webinar, CPIR premieres two new resources for Parent Centers: the online Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care (organized as 5 mini-collections by topic) and Advocacy in Action: A Guide to Local Special Education Parent Advisory Councils. Access both of these resources in this webinar archive, and listen to the webinar itself.

From Miami to New Jersey: A Parent’s Journey

We are pleased to share with you this blog post written by CPIR’s own Myriam Alizo. She describes her personal journey as a parent learning that her four-year-old daughter had speech delays and attention issues. What to do? Like so many other parents, Myriam knew nothing about early childhood delays, IEPs, the IDEA, or the help that was available for families whose children have disabilities.

That all changed when her daughter’s backpack one day contained a flyer from the Parent Center in Miami. And doors and paths were opened… it’s a journey that has taken Myriam deep into the heart of the Parent Center network…

…but we’ll let Myriam tell you the story herself. From Miami to New Jersey, indeed.

Supporting Families of Young Children in Leadership Roles | Video Series

This video series from the ECTA Center highlights strategies, practices, and approaches for effectively preparing and supporting new, or emerging, family leaders to engage in systems-level advocacy and decision making. The videos are a series of conversations with family leaders. The 4 videos are a series of conversations with family leaders answering these 2 questions:

  • What may keep families from getting involved in leadership?
  • What can programs do to support families with taking on leadership roles?

Connect here with all 4 videos and many additional resources on family engagement.

Launching Inclusive Efforts Through Community Conversations

A community conversation is a way to bring a diverse set of community members together to collectively brainstorm strategies and resources that can be used to address a challenge facing the community. Launching Inclusive Efforts Through Community Conversations is a practical guide for families, service providers, and communities in planning, holding, and following up on a community conversation about some aspect of inclusion of children, youth, or adults with disabilities, such as increasing access to the general curriculum or meaningful work opportunities for youth. As the guide states: “We can create the future we want to see by starting with the power and connections we have.”

Find out more about the guide and where to access it.

Family Engagement and the Leadership Team

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families, early childhood programs, and professionals involved in implementing the Pyramid Model. This 3-page resource from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) discusses the value of including a family member on the leadership team of early childhood programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting […]

Parents for Healthy Schools: A Guide for Getting Parents Involved from K–12

(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 […]

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