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START Engaging Parents of Students with Disabilities

The START Project offers programs and services that support the engagement of families to improve outcomes for students, including developing and supporting special education parent advisory and support groups in communities and school districts.   Through workshops, regional meetings, and parent leadership development activities, we help parents and parent leaders:



Find and List a Parent Group 

​Serving on Groups- Webinar Series and Resources

Inclusion Resources

STARTing and Running a Parent Group 

Disproportionality Resources

Literacy Strategies for Families 

NEW SEPAG Guide for Parents & Educators!
Special Education Parent Advisory Groups in NJ |
 A Guide to Developing and Running an Effective Group

Guide to Developing SEPAGS         

Grupos Consultivos de Padres en Educación Especial en
Nueva Jersey l Una guía para desarrollar y dirigir un grupo efectivo

 Guide to SEPAGs-Español

Our Programs & Services For Families, Schools and Districts:



Debbie Esposito,
Find your region's Parent Group Specialist below, or
Phone | 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

Parent Group Specialists

Debbie Esposito,   Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem
Tatsiana DaGrosa,  Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland

Stefanie Babits,  Union, Monmouth, Middlesex,
Monique Dujue Wilson  Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer 

Brenda Figueroa,  Bergen, Hudson, Passaic
Fanny Ochoa,  Essex, Morris, Sussex, Warren 


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