U.S. Department of Education Announces $2.5 Million in Grants to Operate Centers for Parents of Children with Disabilities

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 www.parentcenterhub.org.


The following is a list of grantees and their contacts.

City State Organization Contacts Email
Wasilla AK LINKS Mat-Su Eric Wade eric@linksprc.org
Springdale AR Arkansas Support Network, Inc. Candia Nicholas cnicholas@supports.org
Berkeley CA Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Susan Henderson shenderson@dredf.org
Napa CA Napa Valley Child Advocacy Network, Inc.—Parents CAN Marlena Garcia marlenag@parentscan.org
San Francisco CA Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Joe Goyos jgoyos@supportforfamilies.org
Denver CO THRIVE Resource Center Yvette Burkhalter Yvette@thrivectr.org
Hartford CT African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities Ann Smith asmith@afcamp.org
Miami FL Parent to Parent Isabel Garcia igarcia@ptopmiami.org
Gulf Breeze FL Project Empower of Northwest Florida Gary Walby gwalby@comsysinn.com
Hewitt NJ Association for Special Children & Families Angela Abdul
Julie Rikon
Albuquerque NM EPICS Alvino Sandoval asandoval@epicsnm.org
Buffalo NY Parent Network of Western New York Kim Walek kmw@parentnetworkwny.org
Queens NY United We Stand of New York Lourdes Rivera-Putz lriveraputz@uwsofny.org
Asheville NC FIRST Gaile Osborne gaile@firstparentcenter.org
Morganton NC Family Support Network HOPE Vickie Dieter vbdieter@fsnhope.org
Panama OK Pervasive Parenting Kodey Toney kodeytoney@hotmail.com
Philadelphia PA HUNE Luz Hernandez lhernandez@huneinc.org
Erie PA Mission Empower Jill Hrinda-Patten advocate@missionempower.org
Charleston SC Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs Bev McCarty bevmccarty@frcdsn.org
El Paso TX Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition Patricia Santibáñez patricia.santibanez@cdicelpaso.org
Fairfax VA Formed Families Forward Kelly Henderson formedfamiliesforward@verizon.net
Tacoma WA Open Doors for Multicultural Families Ginger Kwan gingerk@multiculturalfamilies.org
Milwaukee WI Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones Elsa Diaz-Bautista elsa@alianzalatinawi.org
Honolulu HI Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii Michael Moore MMoore@LDAHawaii.org

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  1. I’m looking for a grant to help me pay for college. I am an I.E.P student.

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