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:

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 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. 
  • The 2012-13 Special Education School District Data Profile for each New York State public school district is now available.  Click Here to view.  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.  Click Here to view the report.

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. 

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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

PNCR, in partnership with Catholic Charities Disabilities Services, presents: "Cracking the Code: Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities" on 10/14/2015, 6p-8p at Catholic Charities Disabilities Services Office in Colonie. Click Here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

PNCR presents: "Cracking the Code: Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities" on 10/20/2015, 10:00a-12:00p at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.  Click here for more INFORMATION/REGISTRATION.

PNCR, in partnership with AIM - Saratoga, presents: "It's All In the Way You Say It: Communicating Effectively with Your Educational Team" on 10/20/2015, 6:00p-8:00p at AIM in Saratoga.  Click here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION.

PNCR presents: "What You Need To Know If You Suspect Your Child Has a Disability or is Newly Diagnosed" on 10/27/2015, 10:00a-12:00p at Saratoga Springs Public Library in Saratoga Springs. Click Here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

PNCR, in partnership with Saratoga County Social Services Foster Care, presents: "Understanding Specific Learning Disabilities" on 10/27/15, 5:30p-7:30p at the Saratoga County Social Services Foster Care Offices in Ballston Spa.  Click Here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION