Special Education_Parent Information Centers

To ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

Examples of Funded Projects

Parent information centers covering large States or large areas in States, and community resource centers.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 110 new and continuation awards are expected to be made for 2008.

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 for-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O.

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

Application Procedures

The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts.


Deadlines are published in application notices in the Federal Register and may be accessed through the Department of Education Website at http://www.ed.gov.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.




Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and 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).)

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years; subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on annual basis.

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


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $25,704,000; FY 08 est $26,528,310; and FY 09 est $26,528,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average vary by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm 4065 PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact: Lisa Gorove, Telephone: (202) 245-7357. E-mail: lisa.gorove@ed.gov.

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.

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