The Public Schools of Brookline's Parent Partner Program
The Parent Partner Program helps parents and guardians of children with special needs by providing professional and parent-to-parent support and education. We serve families who want more information about their rights or who want help navigating the system for a child who has a disability. We provide education, coaching and support in the IEP and 504 process, explain the District policy and practices, and interpret parents' rights under Federal and State law. We believe that all parents and guardians deserve any support they need to understand their rights and the rights of their children. Parent Partner support is respectful, strength-based, individualized and culturally appropriate.
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
Brookline SEPAC serves as a liaison between parents/guardians of students with special needs and school district administrators. As mandated by Massachusetts Law, we provide feedback to the district on special education programs and policies, and participate in their planning and development.
We offer information to the community on a range of disabilities, resources and education issues. Topics presented at meetings include parents' rights under Special Education laws and regulations, effective collaboration with teachers and administrators, and strategies for parenting and teaching children with disabilities. Meetings are open to all parents/guardians, teachers, specialists and persons with interest in education.