The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information they need to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities. For a list of Department-funded parent training and information centers, visit


The following is a list of grantees and their contacts.

City State Organization Contacts Email
Wasilla AK LINKS Mat-Su Eric Wade
Springdale AR Arkansas Support Network, Inc. Candia Nicholas
Berkeley CA Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Susan Henderson
Napa CA Napa Valley Child Advocacy Network, Inc.—Parents CAN Marlena Garcia
San Francisco CA Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Joe Goyos
Denver CO THRIVE Resource Center Yvette Burkhalter
Hartford CT African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities Ann Smith
Miami FL Parent to Parent Isabel Garcia
Gulf Breeze FL Project Empower of Northwest Florida Gary Walby
Hewitt NJ Association for Special Children & Families Angela Abdul
Julie Rikon
Albuquerque NM EPICS Alvino Sandoval
Buffalo NY Parent Network of Western New York Kim Walek
Queens NY United We Stand of New York Lourdes Rivera-Putz
Asheville NC FIRST Gaile Osborne
Morganton NC Family Support Network HOPE Vickie Dieter
Panama OK Pervasive Parenting Kodey Toney
Philadelphia PA HUNE Luz Hernandez
Erie PA Mission Empower Jill Hrinda-Patten
Charleston SC Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs Bev McCarty
El Paso TX Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition Patricia Santibáñez
Fairfax VA Formed Families Forward Kelly Henderson
Tacoma WA Open Doors for Multicultural Families Ginger Kwan
Milwaukee WI Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones Elsa Diaz-Bautista
Honolulu HI Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii Michael Moore

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