Our Mission

The mission of the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is to educate, support, and empower Connecticut's diverse families of children and youth with any disability or chronic conditions, ages birth to 26, and the professionals who serve them.

Our Vision

All families will have the confidence, knowledge and understanding they need to effectively advocate for their children and to partner with professionals to ensure the children and youth grow and learn to their full potential.


CPAC is searching for a Finance Manager/Human Resources Support Professional to join our team. For more information and how to apply, click on the job description below.
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What Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Entry, Enrollment, and Attendance

The Connecticut State Department of Education has developed a valuable downloadable resource for parents when considering kindergarten for their child. This family resource is available in both Spanish and English and addresses why your child should attend kindergarten and includes frequently asked questions about kindergarten entry, enrollment, and attendance.

You may view it using either of the following links:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/KindergartenBrochure.pdf  (ENGLISH)

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Early-Childhood/KindergartenBrochure_SPANISH.pdf  (SPANISH)

For additional information contact Andrea Brinnel, Ed.D. at [email protected]

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How We Help

Every day, CPAC's Parent Consultants provide individual training, support and empowerment for parents and professionals who reach out to us with questions about the education of their children and students. We provide training programs at no cost to families and educators across the state. We make available a wide range of accessible online training and information on our website and through social media. We work with a wide range of partners to reach out to families, youth and educators to find and address the issues in the education and transition of students and young people from birth through age 26. CPAC is staffed by parents of children with disabilities who have training in, and personal experience with, the law and disability issues.

Online Learning Opportunities

Online Learning

Webinars, Videos and

Hot Topics


Technology, school climate & bullying, inclusion, literacy, and more.

Newsletter and Other CPAC Publications

Newsletters &

Newsletters from CPAC and a Guide to Educational Terms (in English and Spanish).

Special Education

Education 101

Communication, eligibility, evaluation, legal rights, and more.

Key Resources


Parent Support, Connecting Connecticut, Disability Specific and more

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked

Answers to some frequently asked questions.

State & Federal Information

State & Federal

State and Federal Laws Supporting Students with Disabilities

Parent & School Collaboration

Families & Schools
Working Together

Practices and Tools for Schools and Families

upcoming events

Special Education Law and Advocacy Round Table Webinar

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Special Education Law and Advocacy Community Round Table

Webinar Date: Tuesday, May 17th 7:00 p.m. EST

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/8240A

This webinar is co-hosted with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT).

Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director and Special Education Advocate

Jennifer Weitz, Special Education Advocate at JW Advocates LLC

A Parent Forum to discuss these topics and more:
- Understanding your child’s basic special education rights
- Addressing parents’ observations, input and concerns as the year comes to a close
- Connecticut’s New Individualized Education Plan (IEP) going into effect July 1st
- ESY - Extended School Year Services / Summer Camp & Related Services
- Preparing for the End of the Year Annual PPT Review
- Planning Ahead to the new school year - Fall 2022
-Turning Point: Next Steps… What to do if your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs

Email questions to [email protected]

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