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Partnerships in Support of our Mission

U.S. Department of Education/ Office of Special Education Programs

PIC administers Delaware's only federally mandated Parent Training and Information Center (PTI).  As per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), PIC is responsible for providing information, training, technical assistance and support to parents and caregivers of children and youth with a broad range of disabilities: Learning, physical, emotional, intellectual, developmental and medical, from birth to age 26. Learn more about this partnership on this website's  Parent Training Information Center page.

Delaware Department of Education

The Educational Surrogate Parent Program is administered by the Parent Information Center through a contract from the Delaware Department of Education (DOE). Educational Surrogate Parents (ESPs) are volunteer advocates who act as parents in the special education process on behalf of children with disabilities who are in the state’s foster care system.  The provision for appointing Educational Surrogate Parents was established under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The DOE provides PIC with the financial and technical assistance to enhance our overall services for parents, in particular Spanish speaking families, educators and other professionals.  Additionally, PIC is an active partner in the State Personnel Development Grants issued by the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs to help states enhance teacher capacity.

Delaware Health and Social Services Child Development Watch (CDW)

This partnership provides PIC with additional funds to offer training, information, and support families of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays throughout the state.

Delaware Support and Healthcare Alliance of Delaware (Family SHADE)

Two separate grants from Family SHADE allow PIC to provide information and support to Hispanic families of young children with special healthcare needs or disabilities in Sussex County. Through this support, PIC is helping parents access  a coordinated system of care that improves their child's life.

Organizations and Agencies that Support our Work

A Better Chance For Our Children
Autism Delaware
Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware
Children and Families First
Child, Inc.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
Chimes Delaware
Community Policing Program
Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Delaware Head Start Association
Delaware PTA
Delaware Schools and School District
Disabilities Law Program/Community Legal Aid Society
Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Pressley Ridge

PIC Representation on Policymaking Bodies

Autism Delaware Governing and Advisory Boards
Center for Disabilities Studies/Community Advisory Council
Child Protection Accountability Commission
Dept. of Education/Age of Majority Committee
Developmental Disabilities Council
Family SHADE Advisory Board
Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens
Interagency Coordinating Council
State Rehabilitation Council
State Transition Task Force for Emerging Adults with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
Statewide Autism Task Force
Sussex County Interagency Council
Youth and Rehabilitative Services Advisory Council

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