Welcome to the Parent Network of the Capital Region (PNCR), a provider of special education supports and resources to parents of children with disabilities.

1. Do you have concerns about your child's learning or educational needs?

2. Are you confused by the special education process?

3. Would you like to learn about your child's disability and how it impacts learning? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, call or email us today at 518-640-3320 or info@pncrny.org for free individualized 1:1 support and guidance.             


The PNCR's mission is to provide parents with the knowledge, skills, and resources to facilitate productive relationships with their school districts ensuring an appropriate education for their child.

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Who We Serve and Where:

PNCR is located in Latham, NY.  We are one of fourteen special education parent centers throughout the state and are funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department. We serve parents and professionals, including service providers, disability organizations and schools, in a thirteen county area including Albany, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.  ALL SERVICES ARE OFFERED AT NO COST.

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How We Can Help:

Navigating the special education system in New York State can be a challenge for many families. PNCR helps families and professionals understand education laws and regulations, parents' rights and those of students receiving special education services. We help assist parents and families with questions and concerns they have regarding their children's educational programs.  If you are the parent or family member of a school aged child with a disability we can help you make sense of it all. 

NYSED Announcements   

  • NYSED Eligibility Criteria for Participation in New York State Alternate Assessment (5/2019) Click Here. 
  • NYSED Guidelines for Determining a Student with a Disability's Need for a One-to-One Nurse (1/2019): Click Here.  (FAQ Document)   
  • NYSED Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Policy and Tools to Guide Decision Making and Implementation (2/2018): Click Here.
  • NYSED Q and A on Impartial Hearings for Students with Disabilities (1/2018): Click Here.
  • NYSED Diploma Requirements Video Series (8/2017): Click Here. 
  • Updated Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools (5/2017): Click Here
  • Policy brief on Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities (4/2017)Click Here.
  • Updated policy on Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma (2/2017): Click Here.  Related Q & A: Click Here
  • Revised procedures for Administering State Assessments Over Multiple Days to Students with Disabilities (2/2017): Click Here
  • Updated Information on an Appeal to Graduate with a Lower Score on a Regents Examination (2/2017): Click Here.
  • Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with DisabilitiesClick Here.
  • Changes in Allowable Testing Accommodations on the Grades 3-8 New York State English Language Arts Assessments (11/2016): Click Here.
  • Changes to the New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 (6/2016): Click Here.
  • Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Graduation Pathway Option (6/2016): Click Here.
  • New York State Laws and Regulations that Differ from Federal Requirements (6/2016): Click Here.
  • New Requirements for Special Education Programs and Services: Amendment of Regulations Relating to Recommendations for One-to-One Aides for Preschool and School-Age Students with Disabilities and Preschool Special Education Programs and Services (6/2016): Click Here.
  • School Districts’ Responsibilities to Provide Students with Disabilities with Specially-Designed Instruction and Related Services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) (12/2015): Click Here.
  • Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities (11/2015): Click Here. 
  • Initial Individual Evaluations of Children Transitioning from Early Intervention (EI) Programs to Preschool Special Education Services (10/2015): Click Here. 
  • Curriculum Instruction toward the Common Core Learning Standards (6/2014): Click Here.


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United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 



Browse Our Lending Library Catalog For Special Education and Disability Related Books, DVDs, CDs, and Other Resource Materials.  To Inquire About Availability or Borrowing, Contact the PNCR Office @ 518-640-3320.

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Common Core Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities.   



What We Do

PNCR provides parents and family members of children with disabilities information, resources and strategies to: 

  • Promote meaningful involvement in their child's educational programs including information regarding the special education process (referrals for special education, individual evaluations, individualized education programs or IEP development and transition planning);
  • Assist parents in understanding their child's disabilities;
  • Promote early resolution of disputes between parents and school districts;
  • Promote the use of resolution sessions and special education mediations;
  • Assist in understanding procedural due process rights;
  • Enhance parents' skills and levels of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with their schools to advocate for and actively participate in their child's education program.

Upcoming Events

There is NEVER a Fee for PNCR Events. Click on a Title for Event Details and a Registration Link. (Registration is required for all events.)