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START-Engaging Parent of Students with Disabilities (EPSD) offers programs and services that support the engagement of families to improve outcomes for students, including developing and supporting Special Education Parent Advisory Groups (SEPAGs) in communities and school districts.

Through workshops, regional meetings, and parent leadership development activities, we help parents and parent leaders:

  • Become informed and active participants in their child’s education
  • Partner with educators in improving educational programs for students with disabilities, particularly in the area of Inclusion
  • Start or strengthen parent advisory groups or parent support groups in their areas


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SPAN Parent Leadership E-News

View articles from the START-EPSD Newsletter Archive below
2021, November 18 I Liderar con gratitud e intención

2020, November 19 | La confianza y las relaciones son la base de la colaboración

2020, August 20  |  Engagement happens when every voice is heard

2020, August 20  |  La participación ocurre cuando se escuchan todas las voces

2020, May 21  |  Growth and improvement are impossible without change

2020, May 21  |  El crecimiento y la mejora son imposibles sin cambios

2020, February 20  |  Communication is key to effective leadership

2019, November 21  |  Advocacy is at the heart of leadership

2019, August 22  |  Leadership is a capability in action

2019, May 25  |  Leaders translate vision into reality

2019, Feb 27  |  Leadership is a choice, not a position

2018, Nov 10  | Parent leaders aren’t born. They’re made!

Parent Group Highlights

Robbinsville SEPAG – Mercer County

November 22, 2021
When the pandemic forced the closure of in person learning in March 2020, parent groups had to shift gears. Continue...
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SEPAG Spotlight: Keansburg Titan Friends of Diverse Learners

October 29, 2021
When the pandemic forced the closure of in person learning in March 2020, parent groups had to shift gears. Continue...
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Millville Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

May 21, 2021
Over the past three years as the Executive Director of Exceptional Children for Millville Public Schools, we have developed a...
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Montgomery Township School District SEPAG

February 18, 2021
Montgomery Township School District (MTSD) lies within a Somerset County community that aspires towards excellence and inclusion for every student....
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Bridgeton Public Schools SEPAG

November 20, 2020
On August 20, 2020 a group of parent members of the Bridgeton Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)...
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Willingboro Township SEPAG

May 26, 2020
Willingboro School District is in the heart of the Delaware Valley, in Burlington county. Although the group has existed for several...
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Hammonton, Folsom and Waterford SEPAG

May 26, 2020
Would you like to be involved in making recommendations on special education policy? Do you want to have a voice...
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Jefferson Township SEPAG – Morris County

May 26, 2020
  Jefferson Township is the northern-most township in Morris County, New Jersey. Living in Jefferson Township offers residents a rural feel. The Jefferson...
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Cherry Hill: Making It Work

May 8, 2020
By most standards, Cherry Hill is a very large school district. With 19 schools in the district, in addition to students...
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Mi Casa es Puebla Parent Support Group

November 21, 2019
The Mi Casa es Puebla Parent Support is a once-a-month daytime Spanish support group for parents of children with disabilities....
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Hamilton Township School District (Atlantic County) SEPAG

November 21, 2019
The Special Education Supervisor’s Perspective The Hamilton Township School District (Atlantic County) SEPAG has been in existence for many years....
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New Providence Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

November 21, 2019
New Providence parents spent their summer preparing for the official launch of their Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG). One...
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Union Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

September 5, 2019
A Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) gives parents the opportunity to provide direct input to their school district about policies,...
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Cinnaminson Township Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

August 22, 2019
Cinnaminson Township, which is a small school district in Burlington County, had a well-established SEPAG in the past but as...
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Ocean City Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

May 25, 2019
The purpose of the Ocean City SEPAG is to keep lines of communication open between parents/families and the Ocean City School District...
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What People Are Saying

A strong parent advisory group can help foster ongoing communication between the parents and school to better serve our children.

Our group started with two parents and a supportive District Supervisor. What’s important is to get up and running and see where it takes you.

The advice that parents need to continually talk with school district personnel and develop meaningful inclusion programs and then continually evaluate their children’s progress based on data was on the mark.

The START-EPSD Project is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education (NJOSE), and SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. Funded by IDEA Part B funds.