Resources for Parents

Information for Families with Recent Diagnoses

Center for Parent Information & Resources

New to Disability

MSN

5 Reminders for Parents of Children Who Were Just Diagnosed With a Health Condition

Developmental Information

CDC Milestone Tracker

Information about the CDC Milestone Tracker App, printable milestone checklists in multiple languages, and photos and videos of milestones.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.

Learn the Signs. Act early.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information for parents, healthcare providers, and early childhood educators to support children reaching milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Resources to track development and how to act early if there are concerns. 

General Information

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The CPIR is made possible through funding from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. OSEP supports the Parent Center network and the role that Parent Centers play in educating parents and improving outcomes for children with disabilities.

Insure Kids Now

This website has multiple resources for connecting kids to health care coverage, outreach materials on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment, and resources for States, communities, providers, and parents.

Programs

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

Joint statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education

Head Start Program

The Office of Head Start (OHS) helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start programs promote children's development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being.

Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.

School Services

10 Basic Steps in Special Education

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special education and related services.

Requesting an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Services

There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being. This page presents a model letter or email you might write the school to ask that your child be evaluated to see if he or she has a disability and is eligible to receive special education and related services.

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child’s education records. 

Considering Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

This checklist is designed to help IEP teams consider the needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology. 

Your Child's Evaluation

Information and resources about the school evaluation and IEP process.

Parental Right to Participate in Meetings

The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights.

Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards

At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.”

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions

Least restrictive environment, or LRE as it is more commonly called, is one of several vital components in the development of a child’s IEP and plays a critical role, influencing where a child spends his or her time at school, how services are provided, and the relationships the child develops within the school and community.

Other Disabilities

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
Pediatric Audiology Links to Services

EHDI-PALS is a web-based searchable national directory. It helps families, healthcare professionals, and state public health organizations to find pediatric audiology expertise for children ages birth to five.

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is a resource for parents to get information about different psychiatric and learning disorders and the process for them to get help for their children if they suspect some of these issues.