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California Parent Organizations

List of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.

Parent Organizations and the California Department of Education

The California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division, works closely with federal- and-state-funded parent organizations to increase parent participation and collaboration between parents and educators to improve the educational system.

Parent Training and Information Center

California Community Parent Resource Centers

Senate Bill 511, Family Empowerment Centers

Parent Training and Information Center

Background

Each Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) is a parent-directed non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education, authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and often enhanced by private sources. Every state in the United States has a funded PTIC.

IDEA states that PTICs will provide parents of children, ages birth through twenty-six with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of limited English-proficient children, and parents with disabilities, with the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children with disabilities to:

  • meet developmental and functional goals, and the challenging academic achievement goals that have been established for all children;
  • be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible; and
  • provide training and information on parent rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision-making relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services.

Core Programs

These core programs and services are offered by each of the California PTICs:

  • Workshops which cover:
    • Disability awareness programs
    • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
    • Parent and student rights and responsibilities under IDEA
    • Parent mentor training
    • Transition to public school
    • Transition from school to adult life
    • Surrogate Parent Appointment and Responsibilities
  • Parent-to-Parent Support
  • Assistance and Advocacy for educational issues and other services (e.g., Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Respite)
  • Support Groups
  • Information and Referral
  • Resource Library and Information Packets on a variety of topics including different types of disabilities

Collectively, the PTIC's newsletters reach 55,000 readers in California, and over 60,000 parents and professionals contact the PTICs annually.

PTIC Contact Information

Organization Phone Address Email
Exceptional Parents Unlimited External link opens in new window or tab. 559-229-2000
559-229-2956 (Fax)
4440 North First Street,
Fresno, CA 93726
info@epuchildren.org
Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) External link opens in new window or tab. 510-644-2555
(TDD Available)
510-841-8645 (Fax)
800-348-4232
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210,
Berkeley, CA 94703

info@dredf.org

Matrix External link opens in new window or tab. 415-884-3535
415-884-3555 (Fax)
800-578-2592
94 Galli Drive, Suite C
Novato, CA 94949
info@matrixparents.org
Parents Helping Parents of Santa Clara External link opens in new window or tab. 408-727-5775
825-727-5775 (toll free)
408-286-1116 (Fax)
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126
info@php.com
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab. 415-282-7494
415-282-1226 (Fax)
1663 Mission Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103
info@supportforfamilies.org
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) External link opens in new window or tab. 714-533-8275
714-533-2533 (Fax)
3020 Saturn Street, #2
Brea, CA 92821

task@taskca.org

California Community Parent Resource Centers

Background

The Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), as described in 20 United States Code 1472, will help ensure that underserved parents of children, ages birth through twenty-six with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of limited English-proficient children, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information the parents need to enable the parents to participate effectively in helping their children with disabilities.

Each CPRC shall:

  • provide training and information that meets the training and information needs of parents of children with disabilities,
  • carry out the activities required of PTICs, and
  • be designed to meet the specific needs of families who experience significant isolation from available sources of information and support.

CPRC Contact Information

Organization Contact Person Contact Information About
Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled External link opens in new window or tab. Vanda Yung

Address:
PO Box 2884
San Gabriel, CA 91778

Phone:
626-600-6538

Email:
n/a

Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties
Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) External link opens in new window or tab. Susan Henderson

Address:
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210
Berkeley, CA 94703

Phone:
510-644-2555
510-841-8645 (Fax)

Email:
shenderson@dredf.org

info@dredf.org


Serving west side communities of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Parents Child Advocacy Network (CAN) External link opens in new window or tab. Marlena Garcia

Address:
1909 Jefferson Street
Napa, California 94559

Phone:
707-253-7444
707-253-2244 (Fax)

Email:
marlenag@parentscan.org

parents@parentscan.org

Serving Napa County
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab. Juno Duenas

Address:
1663 Mission Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone:
415-282-7494
415-282-1226 (Fax)

Email:
jwelsh@supportforfamilies.org

info@supportforfamilies.org

Serving San Francisco County, but all families are welcomed

Senate Bill 511, Family Empowerment Centers

Background

The Family Empowerment Centers (FECs) were established in 2001 by enactment of Chapter 690 of the Statutes of 2001 (Senate Bill 511, Alpert), enacted as Education Code (EC) 56400-56415. The FECs provide services to families with children with disabilities ages three to twenty-two. The intent of the legislature is to ensure that parents, guardians, and families of children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support. Each FEC is a non-profit 501 (c)(3). Funding for the FECs is based upon a specific formula. A rate of $246,000.00 is allocated annually to each center to provide the basic services. Additional funding for each FEC is determined according to school enrollment of the region served.

The FECs provide training and information to families of children and young adults with disabilities, between the ages of 3 and 22. These parent-led nonprofit organizations offer specialized training, peer-to-peer support, information and referral services. They aim to assist parents to better understand their child’s educational and developmental needs, effectively communicate with service providers, serve as a resource for the individual education plan process, participate in school reform and improvement activities, promote alternative dispute resolution, and support positive relationships between parents and professionals. Services available through each FEC vary based on the needs of the community.

As a condition of funding, each FEC shall do all of the following as required in EC Section 56408(a):

(1) Provide training and information that meets the training and information needs of parents and families of children and young adults with disabilities living in the area served by the center, particularly those families and individuals who have been underserved.

(2) Work with community-based organizations, including community advisory committees established pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 56190) of Chapter 2, parent advisory committees of one or more local educational agencies in their service region established pursuant to Sections 52063 and 52069, and state and local agencies serving children with disabilities.

(3) Train and support parents and families of children and young adults with disabilities to do all of the following:

(A) Better understand the nature of their children’s disabilities and their children’s educational and developmental needs, including the benefits of inclusion in a least restrictive educational environment.

(B) Participate in activities to address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for children and young adults with disabilities.

(C) Advocate for the child’s needs in a manner that promotes alternative forms of dispute resolution and positive relationships between parents and professionals.

(4) Support parents with how to access language access support, including interpretation and translation of written materials, that is additional to language access support required to be provided by local educational agencies.

(5) Support parents in navigating referrals for services, such as support for pupil and family needs, respite services, physical and mental health services, and other necessary services depending on family circumstances.

(6) Assist parents in accessing support through other programs, such as the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and programs administered by the State Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Rehabilitation.

(7) Support parents in communicating effectively with personnel responsible for providing special education, early intervention, and related services.

(8) Serve as a resource to parents and families in decision making processes and the development of individualized education programs.

(9) Provide parents appropriate information regarding the range of options, programs, services, and resources available to assist children and young adults with disabilities and their families.

(10) Subject to the availability of resources and upon parental request, attend individualized education program development meetings that include parents and personnel responsible for assessing pupil eligibility for special education and early intervention services.

(11) Submit data annually, in accordance with the data template established by the department pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 56411, no later than a date selected by the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall select this date by June 30, 2022.

FEC Contact and Service Information

Organization and Contact Information Counties/Regions Served Status

California Department of Education, Special Education

Technical Assistance Partner: Seeds of Partnership External link opens in new window or tab.

Phone: 916-228-2388
Email: seeds@scoe.net

All Active

Ability Path's Family Resource Center of San Mateo County External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1764 Marco Polo Way
Burlingame, CA 94010

Phone: 650-259-0189

San Mateo Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Alpha Family Empowerment Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
4501 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Phone: 805-683-2145

Santa Barbara Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Care Parent Network External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
2051 Harrison St, Suite C
Concord, CA 94520

Phone: 925-313-0999

Contra Costa Active

Challenged Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
827 West 20th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Phone: 209-385-5314

Merced Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Early Start Family Resource Network and Family Empowerment Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1365 S. Waterman Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Phone: 909-890-4788

Riverside, San Bernardino Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Exceptional Family Resource Empowerment Center (EFRC) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
6367 Alvarado Road, Suite 350
San Diego, CA 92120

Phone: 619-594-7416

Imperial, San Diego

Active

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
4440 North First Street
Fresno, CA 93726

Phone: 559-229-2000

Fresno, Kings

Madera

Active

Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
18111 Nordhoff Street
E-109
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Phone: 818-677-6854

Los Angeles Catchment Area A serves the following LEA regions:
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District (USD), Antelope Valley Union High School District (SD), Castaic Union SD, Eastside Union Elementary SD, Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Elementary SD, Keppel Union Elementary SD, Lancaster Elementary SD, Las Virgenes USD, Newhall SD, Palmdale Elementary SD, Saugus Union SD, Sulphur Springs Union SD, Westside Union Elementary SD, William S. Hart Union High SD, Wilsona Elementary SD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90290, 91040, 91042, 91303, 91304, 91306, 91307, 91311, 91316, 91324, 91325, 91326, 91330, 91331, 91335, 91340, 91342, 91343, 91344, 91345, 91352, 91356, 91364, 91367, 91371, 91401, 91402, 91403, 91405, 91406, 91411, 91423, 91436, 91601, 91602, 91604, 91605, 91606, 91607, 91608

Active

Family Resource Center of the Redwoods External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
494 Pacific Avenue
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone: 707-464-0955

Del Norte Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Family Resource Navigators External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
101 Callan Avenue, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94577

Phone: 510-547-7322

Alameda Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Family Resource Network External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
5250 Claremont Avenue, Suite 148
Stockton, CA 95207

Phone: 209-472-3673

Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Family SOUP External link opens in new window or tab.

Family Soup Facebook External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1650 Sierra Avenue
Suite 106
Yuba City, CA 95993

Phone: 530-751-1925

Colusa, Sutter, Yuba Active

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Family Resource Center and Empowerment Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
4500 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: 661-328-9055

Kern Active

Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
2400 Las Gallinas Avenue, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94903-145494

Phone:
Main: 415-884-3535
Helpline: 800-578-2592

Napa, Solano, Sonoma

Marin

Active

Parents Helping Parents, Inc. External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 408-727-5775 x149

Santa Clara Active

Parents Helping Parents, San Luis Obispo External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1146 Farmhouse Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone: 805-543-3277

San Luis Obispo Active

Parenting Network – Visalia Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
330 N. Johnson Street
Visalia, CA. 93291

Phone: 559-625-1533

Tulare Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

The Parents’ Place Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1500 South Hyacinth Avenue
Suite B
West Covina, CA 91791

Phone: 626-919-1091

Los Angeles Catchment Area J serves the following LEA regions:
Arcadia USD, Azusa USD, Baldwin Park USD, Bassett USD, Bonita USD, Charter Oak USD, Claremont USD, Covina Valley USD, Duarte USD, El Monte City SD, El Monte Union High SD, Glendora USD, Hacienda La Puente USD, Monrovia USD, Mountain View Elementary SD, Pasadena USD, Pomona USD, Rowland USD, Valle Lindo Elementary SD, Walnut Valley USD, West Covina USD

Active

Partnerships FEC External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1000 S. Fremont Avenue, Suite 5129, #35
Alhambra, CA  91803

Phone: 626-300-9171

Los Angeles Catchment Area C serves the following LEA regions:
Alhambra USD, East Whittier Elementary SD, El Rancho USD, Garvey Elementary SD, Los Nietos SD, Montebello USD, Rosemead USD, San Gabriel USD, San Marino USD, South Pasadena USD, South Whittier Elementary SD, Temple City SD, Whittier City Elementary SD, Whittier Union High SD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90022, 90023, 90031, 90032, 90033, 90040, 90041, 90042, 90063, 90065, 91754

Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Plumas Rural Services, Inc. External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
711 East Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971

Phone: 530-283-2735 x880 or 530-708-2557

Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra Active

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
Oxnard Office (main office)
2401 E Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036

Simi Office
2635 Park Center Drive, Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Phone: 805-485-9643

Ventura Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California (RFENC) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
3330 Churn Creek Road
Suite A-1
Redding, CA 96002

Phone: 530-226-5129

Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity Active

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (McClaney Family Resource Center) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
2500 S. Western Avenue, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Phone: 213-744-8882 or 213-744-8878

Los Angeles Catchment Area B serves the following LEA regions:
Compton USD, Downey USD, Lynwood USD, Paramount USD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90001, 90002, 90003, 90007, 90008, 90011, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90043, 90044, 90047, 90058, 90059, 90061, 90062, 90201, 90255, 90270, 90280

Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Special Kids Connect External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1900 Garden Road, Suite 230
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831-372-2730

Monterey Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
P.O. Box 2367
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Phone: 831-722-2800

San Benito, Santa Cruz Active

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
1663 Mission Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-282-7494

San Francisco Active

Team of Advocates for Special Kids, Inc. (TASK) External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
3040 Saturn Street #103
Brea, CA 92821

Phone: 714-533-8275

Orange

Los Angeles Catchment Area E serves the following LEA Regions:
Hermosa Beach City SD, Manhattan Beach USD, Palos Verdes Peninsula USD, Redondo Beach USD, Torrance USD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90275, 90501, 90502

Los Angeles Catchment Area F serves the following LEA Regions:
Long Beach USD

Los Angeles Catchment Area G serves the following LEA Regions: ABC USD, Bellflower USD, Little Lake City Elementary SD, Norwalk La Mirada

Los Angeles Catchment Area H serves the following LEA Regions:

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90710, 90717, 90731, 90732, 90744, 90745, 90746, 90810

Los Angeles Catchment Area I serves the following LEA Regions:
Burbank USD, Glendale USD, La Cañada USD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes
90004, 90005, 90006, 90010, 90012, 90013, 90014, 90015, 90017, 90019, 90020, 90021, 90026, 90027, 90028, 90029, 90035, 90036, 90038, 90039, 90046, 90048, 90057, 90068, 90069, 90071

Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Warmline Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
2424 Castro Way
Sacramento, CA, 95818

Phone: 916-455-9500

Alpine, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo Active – Scaling Up Supports and Resources

Westside Family Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.

Address:
5901 Green Valley Circle #320
Culver City, CA 90230-6953

Phone: 310-258-4063

Los Angeles Catchment Area D serves the following LEA regions:
Beverly Hills USD, Centinela Valley Union High SD, Culver City USD, El Segundo USD, Hawthorne SD, Inglewood USD, Lawndale Elementary SD, Lennox SD, Santa Monica-Malibu USD, Wiseburn USD

Los Angeles USD portion serves the following zip codes:
90024, 90025, 90034, 90035, 90045, 90049, 90064, 90066, 90067, 90077, 90094, 90210, 90230, 90247, 90248, 90249, 90272, 90291, 90292, 90293, 90301, 90303

Active

Other State Resources

All About Young Children External link opens in new window or tab.
As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. You have experienced how fascinating and puzzling your young child can be. All About Young Children invites you to explore information to help understand your child's learning, and discover new ways to support their growth.

California Hands & Voices External link opens in new window or tab.
California Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing in a respectful and non-judgmental manner regarding language opportunities, communication tools or educational approaches. This is a parent-driven non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children; outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration; and advocacy efforts focused on enabling children who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their highest potential.

Department of Developmental Services: Early Start Family Resource Centers External link opens in new window or tab.
Families of infants and toddlers, birth to thirty-six months at risk of or with developmental delays and disabilities, can receive parent-to-parent support from Early Start Family Resource Centers and Networks.

Parent Links External link opens in new window or tab.
"Hope, Dream, Achieve!"
Parent Links empowers parents of deaf or hard of hearing infants and toddlers by providing them with comprehensive information and awareness through mentoring, networking, and resources, and by honoring the family’s relationship with their child and their choices in language and communication opportunities. This program is for families with children identified as deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to 3 years old. Parent Links parent mentors have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are here to support, provide information on education and communication opportunities as well as connections to other families. Parent Links is a program of the CDE funded by a federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau grant.

Reasons for Concern
If you suspect that your child or a child in your care may have a disability or special need(s) that may be affecting their academic, behavioral or developmental progress, there are state and local resources in place for assistance and guidance.

Seeds of Partnership External link opens in new window or tab.
Seeds of Partnership project provides assistance on behalf of the California Department of Education, Special Education Division to support the direction, initiatives, and activities that are a part of the State Performance Plan (SPP) related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) parent involvement indicators. The Seeds of Partnership project also creates and  provides professional learning tools to increase improvement of partnerships to assist local educational agencies improve family engagement practices and educational outcomes for students with disabilities

Rights of Parents and Children

Special Education Rights of Parents and Children Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, and the California Education Code.

Parents’ Rights
A brief summary of Procedural Safeguards for students with disabilities receiving special education services.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Parents and Families External link opens in new window or tab.
Parents and families want the best for their family members. The Parents and Families Resource page brings together U.S. Department of Education-funded centers, department programs, and additional information of interest for parents and families.

Questions:   Patrick Garcia-Smith | PGarciaSmith@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-5101
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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