RESOURCES

Family Involvement

Center for Parent Information and Resources
This webpage connects you quickly with brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Learn the Signs Act Early
Offers information, tools, and print resources (Development, Milestones, and Autism).

Family Engagement Framework
Developed by the Illinois State Board of Education
June 2015
This guide brings together research, best practices, and program requirements which can be a resource for district/school leaders and families to use in planning, implementing, and evaluating family engagement practices that directly improve student outcomes.

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities:
A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents
Developed by the Harvard Family Research Project
September 2012

Handy Handouts
Provides educational handouts on a variety of special needs and educational topics (Autism, Hearing & Sign Language, Sensory Integration, Articulation, etc.) written by Master’s level speech-language pathologists and special educators.

PACER Center
PACER's Early Childhood Project is dedicated to providing parents of children with disabilities, ages birth through 5 years, the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to help their children obtain the education, health care, and other services that are mandated by law. Many of their free and low cost resources are applicable for early childhood educators.

TATS Talks with Families

Briefs for families of young children with special needs with information about Pre-K program options, the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), and the transition process.

TATS Talks 1 TATS Talks with Families About Pre-K for Children with Disabilities
2009 Volume 1, Number 1
(PDF file, 2,340 KB)

TATS Talks 2 TATS Talks with Families About Pre-K for Children with Disabilities
2009 Volume 1, Number 2
(PDF file, 2,180 KB)

TATS Talks 3 TATS Talks with Families About Pre-K for Children with Disabilities
2009 Volume 2, Number 1
(PDF file, 2,133 KB)
TATS Talks 3 TATS Talks with Families about the Transition Process from Part C to Part B
2011 Volume 1, Number 1
(PDF file, 675 KB)
TATS Talks 3 TATS Talks with Families about the Transition Process from PreK to Kindergarten
2014 Volume 1, Number 1
(PDF file, 470 KB)

TATS Talks TATS Talks with Families about the Transition Process from PreK to Kindergarten Part 2
2015 Volume 1, Number 2
(PDF file, 1.37 MB)