Special Education Parent Information Centers

The purpose of the program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Parent To Parent Of Georgia, Inc. $ 2,000,000   2018-10-152022-10-14
Family Network On Disabilities Of Florida, Inc. $ 566,222   2020-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Education And Defense Fund, Inc. $ 589,328   2020-10-012022-09-30
Missouri Parents Act $ 710,412   2020-10-012022-09-30
Peak Parent Center Inc $ 612,566   2020-10-012022-09-30
Support & Training For Exceptional Parents, Inc. $ 791,136   2020-10-012022-09-30
South Dakota Parent Connection Inc $ 400,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Oklahoma Parents Center Inc $ 496,400   2020-10-012022-09-30
Team Of Advocates For Special Kids $ 1,064,210   2020-10-012022-09-30
Pathfinder Services Of North Dakota, Inc. $ 400,000   2020-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Parent organizations, as defined in Section 671(a)(2) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are eligible for parent center awards under IDEA sections 671 and 672.

For section 672 funding, these parent centers must meet additional conditions set forth in section 672.

For IDEA section 673 State educational agencies (SEAs) local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, freely associated States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and, if the Secretary approves, for-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended., Part D, Subpart 3, Section 671-673, 20 U.S.C 1471-1473.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


As required by EDGAR, awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, if the recipient has made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project, depending upon the availability of appropriations (See 34 CFR 75.253).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The Department may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1482(a)(2)(A)). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years; subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on annual basis.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are monitored through the APR.

Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR).

Performance reports are monitored through the APR.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (34 CFR 75.730-732 and 2 CFR 200.333).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $27,411,000; FY 17 est $27,411,000; and FY 18 est $27,411,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average vary by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR Parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, 99; and 2 CFR Part 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Carmen Sanchez Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland, Ave., SW, Room 5175 PCP, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: carmen.sanchez@ed.gov Phone: (202)245-6595

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.

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