Brooklyn Parent Center

Free trainings, education, and assistance for Brooklyn parents of children with disabilities

The Brooklyn Special Education Parent Center promotes positive futures for children through informed, engaged, and effective parents. Our services help parents of children with disabilities:  

  • become meaningfully involved with their children’s education and access information about the special education process: referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program (IEP) development and transition planning;
  • better understand their children’s disabilities;
  • encourage early resolution of disputes with school districts using resolution sessions and special education mediation, and;
  • enhance their skills and confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education.  

To schedule workshops and presentations at your school, parent group or community organization, or to refer a family, please e-mail or call (212) 677-4650.     

In addition to scheduling a free presentation or workshop at your site, you can also attend our already-scheduled workshops in Brooklyn. Click here to see the current workshop schedule. 

The Brooklyn Special Education Parent Center office is located at: 

Resources for Children with Special Needs, 116 East 16th Street - 5th Floor New York, NY 10003  

Click here to see a map of this location and to get public transportation, walking, and driving directions. 

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Brooklyn Special Education Parent Center services are provided as part of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Special Education Parent Center program.   

The Brooklyn Special Education Parent Center is a collaboration between Resources for Children with Special Needs and United We Stand.

The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Special Education Parent Centers are funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H328M060023. The contents of the website, however, and any documents cited herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S Department of Education.

Federal Parent Training and Information Center

Resources for Children with Special Needs is one of the country’s 100 federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers and leads the New York State Education Department Special Education Parent Centers in the Bronx and Manhattan. 

Parent Centers provide training and assistance to the families of the nation’s seven million children with disabilities. We are funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Every state has at least one Parent Center, but here in New York, RCSN is one of six federally funded Parent and Community Parent Resource Centers.

Parent Centers serve families with children ages birth to 26, who have any disability (physical, cognitive, behavioral, or emotional). We provide a variety of services including one-to-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and digital resources. The majority of Parent Center staff and boards are parents of children with disabilities, so we are able to bring personal experience and empathy when working with families.


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