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Statewide Technical Assistance And Resources Team (START)

Statewide Technical Assistance & Resources Team (START)

Together families can make a difference

The START Project offers programs and services that support the engagement of families receiving special education services to improve outcomes for students. Assistance is available for developing and implementing parent groups in your school and community.



Literacy Strategies for Families 

Disproportionality Resources


For information on our activities, contact:

Project Director, Dianne Malley,


Debi Esposito, for Burlington, Camden & Gloucester Counties

Tatsiana DaGrosa, for Atlantic, CapeMay, Cumberland and  Salem Counties


Karen Antone, for Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex Counties

Monique Dujue Wilson for Hunterdon, Somerset & Mercer Counties

North -

Myriam Alizo, for  Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson Counties

Brenda Figueroa, for Passiac, Morris, Sussex Counties

Multi-Cultural Specialist -

Jessica Cruz

START Project
973-642-8100 ext. 123
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

“A strong parent advisory group can help foster ongoing communication between the parents and school to better serve our children.”

“The Inclusion Mini-Conference was great. Thought provoking, good information; very relevant.”

“The advice that parents need to continually talk with school district personnel and develop meaningful inclusion programs and then continually evaluate their childrens’ progress based on data was on the mark.”

Key Resources of Interest: 

START Project Resources include:

Other Resources:


Meet the START Project's Staff



SPAN's START Project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education.