Community Parent Resource Center

Special Education Training and Support

Connecting the dots for parents on special education.

FIRSTwnc has been funded as a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education. This allows us to offer free training for parents on educational issues and parental rights.

“What do I need to know about special education?”

“What is an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)?”

“Things don’t seem right. Can I call another meeting?”

FIRSTwnc Parent Navigators can answer these and many other questions you may have. Our skilled team members have been assisting families since our founding in 2003. They’re ready to help educate you on the best way to support your family.

Through this program, we can offer:

  • Information about the special education process and parents’ rights
  • Community and online training (Advocacy Training)
  • Up-to-date disability information
  • Information and resources in both English and Spanish
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Attendance at your IEP meetings (limited due to funding and schedules)
  • Inclusion resources showing how students can be successfully included in general education classrooms
  • Referrals to medical, educational, community services, and support groups

CPRC Staff

CRPC Resources and Tools

Our current funding supports parents in Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson counties. Are you interested in learning more? Email for a personal appointment.