Education Connection

Need help navigating the special education system in South Carolina or the transition to postsecondary learning opportunities? Family Connection can help.

Family Connection is South Carolina’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), funded by the U.S. Department of Education to empower families and individuals to improve the futures of children throughout the state. Resources and services are aimed at emphasizing increased collaboration between parents and professionals in the educational setting. That increased collaboration sets the stage for all children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Who do we serve? Our work is geared toward infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Our efforts focus on providing information, training and support for families and caregivers, and developing partnerships for improving the systems of services throughout our state.

The Education Connection team will provide information, resources, support and advocacy assistance addressing: effective parent involvement, child care, general and special education, dropout and bullying prevention, suicide prevention, child welfare, health care, mental health, youth leadership, transition to adult life, incarcerated youth, military family support, violence prevention and more.

Specific services offered are:

  • Educational Workshops for parents, caregivers, youth, young adults, and professional
  • Webinars
  • Accessible Online Training Modules (Coming soon!)
  • Advocacy and Leadership Trainings
  • One on one needs assessment for school districts and action plan development to increase family engagement.


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Final Regulations on Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting.

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a focus on supporting states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded education, and ensure equity remains at the core of implementation.

To read more and to view resources available, including a fact sheet and timeline visit this ESSA Final Regulations Page via the Parent Center Hub.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), The Law The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention and special education and related services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Part C of IDEA makes early intervention services available for infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. Part B of IDEA is focused on services to school-aged children with disabilities. This includes preschoolers (ages 3-5) and children in K-12.

For more specific information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website devoted to IDEA, “Building the Legacy:
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