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STARTing and Running a Parent Group Resources

STARTing and Running a Parent Group

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) and the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (NJOSEP) have teamed up to support schools and districts in their efforts to increase the involvement of parents/caregivers of children receiving special education services. 

The goals of the partnership are to enhance family-school collaboration through assisting family’s and district personnel in developing skills in working together, establishing parent groups and supporting existing ones, promoting the knowledge of benefits derived from increased family involvement, and providing resources to parents in the areas of technical assistance and leadership development.

Through the START Project, Parent Group Specialists are available to provide assistance to help start parent groups for families with students who have disabilities, and to support existing special education parent groups. 
Contact the START Project for assistance in starting and running a parent group. Email: or call 973-642-SPAN (ext. 123).
We look forward to hearing from you.
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Tools for Developing a
Special Education Parent Advisory Group

Click here for Tools to Start and Develop a Special Education Parent Advisory(SEPAG) or Support Group

Tools for Groups
Click on the topic below for tools and information to support and sustain your group
Organization and Communication
Tools for Parent Leaders to help with organizing information
and for enhancing communication with your group

Parent Leadership
Tools for Parent Leaders for improving communication
and working collaboratively with school districts

Links to Resources for Parent Groups
Click here for links for
-National Organizations
-Parent Training Information Centers(PTIs), Resource and Advocacy Centers,
and other Non-Profits
-Educational Resources
-Law and Legislation Resources
-New Jersey Resources
-Parent Support Resources
General and Specific Disability/Disorder Resources


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