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

Family Care Connections Youth Focus Groups

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
No Cost

Family Care Connections Youth Focus Groups

We need youth collaboration and are reaching out for participation in
a focus group to increase communication between behavioral health
providers, doctors, and schools. We want to know your perspective
on how to improve the existing communication tool: what works,
what does not work, and what is needed?

The focus groups will be hosted over Zoom. Participants are limited to 15 per session. The
focus groups will be one hour. We will have a few gift cards that will be raffled off at the end of
the focus group.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the

» Register for event

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