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

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


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   

    • **ATTENTION** Parent Centers and other agencies throughout the state have been asked by NYSED to disseminate information and the survey link below. This survey is intended to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in ELA and Math.  Anyone concerned with the education of students with disabilities is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to complete the survey.  The link will take you to instructions and information.  The actual survey link is located at the bottom of the information page. CLICK  HERE  FOR  INFORMATION  and  SURVEY.
    • At the September 2015 Regents meeting, the Board of Regents discussed proposed regulations to all a student with a disability with the option to graduate with a Local Diploma via appeal of a score of 55 on a Regents exam provided the student meets all other conditions for appeal and are otherwise eligible to graduate in January 2016 and thereafter. CLICK HERE to view a copy of the proposed amendment. The Department is accepting public comment on the proposed amendment  until November 23, 2015.  Comments should be submitted to: 
    James P. DeLorenzo
    Assistant Commissioner

    Office of Special Education

    New York State Education Department

    89 Washington Avenue

    Room 309EB

    Albany, NY 12234

    Attention: Proposed Amendment - section 100.5(d)(7)

    Email: spedpubliccomment@nysed.gov

    • The New York State Education Department has released two brochures that districts may use to disseminate key information to parents and community businesses on the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential.  See CDOS-CC Brochure for Parents or CDOS-CC Brochure for Businesses.   In addition, Questions and Answers regarding the CDOS Commencement Credential have been updated and are available.  See CDOS-CC Q&A.  
    • 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


    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

    14th Annual Conference 

    Friday, November 6, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm 






      SIBSHOP 2015 offered by Saratoga Bridges.

    Celebrating the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children w/special needs. 

     Sibshop Sessions Fall 2015.jpg



    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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