Next STEPs

The Next STEPs training program ended in 2012.  If you’re interested in learning more about the project, please contact Jane Hampton-Smith at or 800-445-2722.

The Next STEPs training program is a five-part series that prepares parents of children with special needs and educators to advocate for appropriate educational services for children as well as help to advocate for others in their community. The training provides in-depth information on the following topics:

  • the role of family in educational programming
  • understanding the IEP
  • effective communication
  • dispute resolution
  • preparing for the PPT
  • special education laws
  • understanding parent leadership opportunities
  • current issues in CT and nationally – SRBI, PBIS, School Governance Councis

After completing the Next STEPs training series, attendees are encouraged to share the information that they learned and use their knowledge to effect change in their own community. Next STEPs graduates (Parent Advisors) receive ongoing information related to special education in Connecticut as well as information to keep them informed of CPAC events and news.


More Information

  • Next STEPs Success Stories

    Next STEPs Parent Advisors use their knowledge and skills to help their children and other children receive appropriate educational services. Check out a few their success stories.

  • Connect With Other Next STEPs Parent Advisors

    Connect with other Next STEPs Parent Advisors in a private group on Facebook. Stay up-to-date with events, share information and resources and support each other.

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