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


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

Are you confused by the special education process?

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.

Who We Are/Who We Serve:

father-son-homework1.jpgThe 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.

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. 

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NYSED Announcements   

  • The New York State Education Department has developed guidance on “School Districts’ Responsibilities to Provide Students with Disabilities with Specially-Designed Instruction and Related Services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).”  Click Here to view the December, 2015 field advisory memo regarding school district's responsibilitilies to provide students with disabilities with specially designed instruction and related services in the least restrictive environment. 
  • The P-12: Office of Special Education has developed resources to assist parents of children with disabilities to have a better understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards and how the child's individualized education program (IEP) should include recommendations to support their child's progress towards those standards.  These resources also include a set of questions that parents can bring to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and to their child's teachers.  Click Here for the memorandum. The Department is in the process of having this document translated into multiple languages and they will be available at this site when completed.

PNCR Highlights/Items of Interest 

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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.

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