Parents Helping Parents is your special education resource!

Understanding and establishing special education for your child can be confusing. Parents Helping Parents is a Parent Training and Information Center and can help you become an active participant in your child’s education.

When you contact Parents Helping Parents with education-related questions, you will be connected to an Education Specialist.   We offer trainings and workshops about special education and related topics, phone support and meet one-to-one with parents, online or in person.

New to Special Education and need to start learning?

A good place to start, or if you need a refresher, is to attend one of PHP’s monthly, 90-minute training called “A Quick Guide to the IEP and Special Education Process”. Find a calendar link to ALL Special Education Workshops under Helpful Links, on this page.

Another option is to watch the short videos we created to inform parents about the special education process. These are located in our E-Learning section and the topics include:

We are here to help you understand the many facets of special education including the assessment process for ages 0 through age 22, the components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), planning for transition to adulthood and so much more. 

Our  Education Specialists will help you:
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities (View CA Dept of Ed – Parent Rights)
  • Set priorities, problem-solve and brainstorm options available to you
  • Prepare for the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or other meetings.
  • Locate resources and referrals related to special education.
  • Develop active communication skills and ways to cope with stressful situations.

Parents Helping Parents’ education staff serve families living in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.  If you live elsewhere in California or in another state, this link to will help you locate the Parent Training and Information Center serving you.