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Parent IEP Team Member Training Session

Parent IEP Team Member Training Session

Make a Difference. Become a Parent IEP Team Member

A parent member is a trained parent of a student with a disability who, when requested. participates in the Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings of students in or near their district. Parent members contribute valuable information and support to families of students with a known or suspected disability who request their attendance. 

Parent members participate in CSE discussions about:

  • eligibility for special education services
  • educational planning and goal-setting
  • learning in the least restrictive environment

They help to ensure that the child's family member(s):

  • understand the evaluation and placement processes
  • are comfortable with the team's decisions
  • have had their concerns adequately addressed

After training, parent members are paid up to $50 per day of service ($20 for the first 2 hours, $6 per hour after that, for a maximum of $50).

Here's How

You can be a parent member if you have a child who is classified as having a disability and you are not an employee of the New York City Department of Education. You are also eligible if your child has been declassified within the past five years, or has graduated within the past five years. You will need to pass a security clearance and be fingerprinted, at the expense of the Department of Education.

The first step to becoming a parent member is to attend a training session: 

 Parent CenterAddress Contact Information Point of Contact 
Parent Member Training

(Formerly known as
Resources for Children
with Special Needs)
 Manhattan, Bronx,
Queens and
Brooklyn Locations

Resource Line:
English: 212-677-4660
Spanish: 212-677-4668
Mon - Thurs 9a.m. - 3p.m.


Megan DaPisa-Keita
Manager of Parent
Information and Training


Thu, March 31st

Tue, April 19th

The Institute for Basic Research(Staten Island Special Education Parent Center)

 1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
Parent to Parent NY, Inc.
Tel: 718-494-4872
Fax: 718-494-4805


Joanne Vitale
Program Director 


Wed., May 18, 2016
10:00AM to 1:00PM

In the training session, you will learn about:

  • regulations pertaining to the special education evaluation and placement processes
  • services available in the schools and in the community
  • the rights of children and families in the special education evaluation and placement processes

Upon completion of the training you will receive a certificate and learn about the next steps to becoming a parent member.