Every state has at least one Parent Center, designated and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parent Centers serve families with children ages birth to 26 across all disabilities to provide assistance and training. Parents and youth often need information about the disability of their child, early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapies, local policies and much more.
Family Connection has regional offices across the state and serves all 46 counties in South Carolina, providing system navigation and connection to resources free of charge to families. As the Parent Training and Information Center, we host several workshops, conferences, webinars and trainings for parents, youth and professionals throughout the year. The intent of IDEA 2004 was to help children with disabilities achieve high standards by promoting accountability for results, enhancing parent involvement, and using recommended practices and materials. The sessions we offer align with these objectives, leading to more collaborative home/school/community partnerships.
Our trained staff can provide:
Intensive one-on-one assistance to increase parent and family understanding of the education process.
Someone to attend IEP/504 meetings to provide support.
Help to explore options for resolving disputes with the least invasive option.
My Child’s Journey is a guided process that introduces you to avalible programs and services and helps you organize and prepare for education meetings.
Text 2 Read (T2R) is a free mobile information service. It offers parents ideas for no or low cost language and literacy activities to help foster literacy development and prepare their child for Kindergarten.
Parents can sign up by texting T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552) to receive free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness.
Check our Family Resource Portal and search the services you need near you.
Family Connection provides access to number of programs to help with
specific needs. Our skilled staff will guide you to the programs your
child can benefit from.