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For Families

Topic Editor: Betsy Ayankoya

Photograph: An adult holds an infant

Welcome, families!

We have designed this page to help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families, and find high-quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities. ECTA Center relies on families to share their views and help us make sure our work and our products (for example, these Family Practice Guides, which are also available in Spanish) are useful to them and reflect their needs and perspectives. Unfortunately, ECTA Center cannot provide advice regarding specific children or families. If you are a family member in need of assistance, please contact one of the following organizations:

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs). Their website provides assistance to help you find the parent center in your State. CPIR provides information on caring for children with disabilities, parental rights under the IDEA, disability groups, and more. Take a look at their Especially for Families resources.

¡Bienvenidos a las familias!

Hemos diseñado esta página para ayudar a las familias a entender sus derechos bajo la ley federal conocida como el Acto para la educación de individuos con discapacidades (IDEA, en inglés), comunicarse con otras familias, y encontrar recursos de alta calidad sobre el cuidado de los bebés y los niños pequeños con discapacidades. Aquí se pueden acceder a los recursos en español. El Centro de ECTA confía en las familias para compartir sus opiniones y así ayudarnos a hacer que nuestro trabajo y nuestros productos son útiles para ellos y que reflejan sus necesidades y perspectivas. Desafortunadamente, el Centro ECTA no puede proporcionar consejos sobre niños o familias específicas. Si usted es un miembro de la familia que necesita asistencia, consulte:

Centro de información y recursos para padres (CPIR)

CPIR sirve como un recurso central de información y productos para la comunidad de Centros de Información de Capacitación para Padres (PTI) y los Centros Comunitarios de Recursos para Padres (CPRC). Su sitio web proporciona asistencia para ayudarle encuentra el centro de padres en tu estado. CPIR proporciona información sobre el cuidado de niños con discapacidades, los derechos de los padres bajo el IDEA, grupos de discapacidad, y más. Echa un vistazo a sus recursos Especial para Familias.

Part C of IDEA

The Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) supports states in providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to three, and their families.

Part B, Section 619 of IDEA

The Preschool Grants program (Part B, Section 619 of IDEA) supports the states in providing services to children with disabilities, ages 3 through 5.

Procedural Safeguards: Family Rights, Confidentiality, and Dispute Resolution

The procedural safeguard provisions of the IDEA are intended to protect the interests of families and children, as well as special education and early intervention systems. Early intervention and special education personnel are legally obligated to explain procedural safeguards to families and to support an active adherence to and understanding of these safeguards for all involved.

Other Resources for Families

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center on Disability provides the Family Support Community of Practice on Facebook to share evidence, values, and wisdom among families, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers about early childhood family supports.

Center for Early Literacy Learning: Parent Resources

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has developed many materials to assist parents in guiding their child's early literacy development through the use of fun and exciting literacy learning experiences. Practitioners working with parents will also find these resources helpful.

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the high quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. It is a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

This initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides general information to parents related to child health, as well as more specific guidance on parenting issues from leading child health experts who use scientific research to support their recommendations. For example, see these articles featuring milestone checklists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.


ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that offers many parent resources to assist with their children's growth and development.

Additional Resources

ECTA Center's topical pages also provide a wealth of information related to Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.