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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