MVESC Garners $25,000 Parent Mentorship Program

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center is receiving $25,000 to support its Parent Mentorship program. The federal funds are distributed through the Ohio Department of Education. A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is employed by a local educational service center to help school districts and families by providing training, support and information services.

The MVESC Parent Mentor program services include:

  • Guiding families through the special education process and helping them understand their rights and responsibilities.
  • Listening and providing support to families and educators on an individual basis.
  • Providing information and resources to families and school personnel on education laws, district programs and services and community resources.
  • Attending Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and other meetings at parent or staff request.
  • Organizing and conducting information sessions or workshops based on the needs of families and professionals.
  • Building collaborative partnerships among families, schools and communities to benefit students with disabilities.

All Parent Mentor services are provided to families free of charge.

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