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, 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 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/ 
  • 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. 

PNCR Highlights/Items of Interest



NYS Partners in Policymaking Program will be accepting applications through August 15 for Fall 2015 session.

Visit NYS PARTNERS in POLICYMAKING for more information and to apply



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 presents:  "Starting Off On The Right Foot: Working With Your Child's Educational Team" on 08/18/2015 at Clifton Park Half Moon Public Library (Clifton Park, NY). Click Here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

PNCR presents:  "Graduation Options for Students with Disabilities" on 09/30/15 at Saratoga Springs Public Library (Saratoga Springs, NY).   Click Here for INFORMATION/REGISTRATION