Resources for Parents

Ensuring meaningful participation of parents and caregivers is an essential component of early childhood special education. Below are recommended resources to support parents in this process.

  • Help Me Grow is a referral portal to connect infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children with developmental concerns to their local school district. The Help Me Grow webpage also includes information about developmental stages and other resources for parents and professionals.
  • Help Me Connect is a navigator connecting expectant families, families with young children (birth - 8 years old) and those working with families to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being.
  • PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with disabilities.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides resources for families and professionals on issues related to child development, including screening tools and educational materials on their Learn the Signs, Act Early webpage.
  • ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
  • The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central hub of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities. All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve