Parent members contribute valuable information and support to families of students with a known or suspected disability who request their attendance. Parent members participate in IEP meeting discussions about:
- Eligibility for special education services
- Educational planning and goal-setting
- Learning in the least restrictive environment
They help to ensure that the child's family member(s):
- Understand the evaluation and placement processes
- Are comfortable with the team's decisions
- Have had their concerns adequately addressed
If you would like a parent member to attend your child's IEP meeting, let you IEP team know at least 72 hours in advance of the IEP meeting.
Process for Becoming a Certified Parent IEP Team Member
You can be a parent member if you have a child who is classified as having a disability and you are not an employee of the New York City Department of Education. You are also eligible if your child has been declassified within the past five years, or has graduated within the past five years. You must pass fingerprinted and pass a security clearance at the expense of the Department of Education.
The first step to becoming a parent member is to attend a training session where you will learn about:
- Regulations pertaining to the special education evaluation and placement processes
- Services available in the schools and in the community
- The rights of children and families in the special education evaluation and placement processes
Trainings are provided by the parent centers below:
The Institute for Basic Research (Staten Island Special Education Parent Center) - Trainings offered in Staten Island
- INCLUDEnyc-Trainings are held at a variety of sites. Please visit their website or call for information.
- Contact info:
- English 212-677-4660
- Spanish: 212-677-4668
- Contact Info: 718-494-4872
Once you have completed the training you will receive a certificate and information about next steps, which include fingerprinting and security clearance at the Department of Education’s expense.
After training, parent members are paid up to $50 per day of service ($20 for the first 2 hours, $6 per hour after that, for a maximum of $50).