Welcome To The Parent Network of the Capital Region (PNCR)

A Provider of Special Education Support and Resources To Parents of Children With Disabilities 

Our Mission:

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.jpgPNCR is located in Latham, NY.  We are one of thirteen 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, Fuiton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.  ALL SERVICES ARE OFFERED AT NO COST.

How We Can Help:

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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 pamphlet, A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI), which provides parents, families and others with information regarding Response to Intervention is now available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/RTI/parent.htm
  • 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.  The memorandum is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/commoncore/instructionCCLS-parents-614.htm. The Department is in the process of having this document translated into multiple languages and they will be available at this site when completed.   
  • The 2012-13 Special Education School District Data Profile for each New York State public school district is now available at http://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=district.  This report is prepared in accordance with the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each State must have a State Performance Plan (SPP) to evaluate the State's efforts to meet the requirements and purposes of the implementation of IDEA.  States must report annually to the public on the performance of each school district against the State's targets for 14 indicator areas. New York State's SPP and the Annual Performance Report that describe these indicators in detail are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/ 
  • A memorandum on the Common Core Learning Standards and students with disabilities is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/commoncore/roleofCSE-614.htm.  The Committee on Special Education (CSE), school administrators and each student with a disability's general education and special education teachers have important roles to ensure students with disabilities reach the State's learning standards.  This memorandum provides guidance and information on the roles and responsibilities of the CSE to align the development and implementation of each student's individualized education programs (IEP) to the State's learning standards; the importance of purposeful planning to address students' needs; and information for parents of students with disabilities.

PNCR Highlights

 

 

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What We Do

PNCR provides parents and family members of children with disabilities informatoin, 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

Sibling Groups

Wildwood Programs is pleased to announce groups for the brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs.  For more information click on the age group you are interested in:  Sibling Group Ages 8-12 OR Sibling Teen Group Ages 13-17