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Parent Companion 

 First Five Years is a website that connects Texas parents to information, inspiration, and resources for children from birth through 5 years of age with a disability.

Website users can search according to:

  • The child’s age
  • Agencies
  • Services and transitions
  • Family life and support
  • Diagnosis/Disability
  • Tips and strategies


The Parent Companion includes family interviews and documents containing:

  • easy-to-use strategies for understanding and planning for changes
  • comprehensive resources


The Parent Companion is designed to share the firsthand experience, tips, and advice of parents and families from across Texas. Visit www.parentcompanion.org to begin exploring the multitude of resources available.


Region 16 Education Service Center Link 
The following weblink goes to Parent Involvement Newsletters "The Parental Involvement Connection Home & School : Together We Can Make a Difference." Current and previous issues are available in both English and Spanish.
Parent/family involvement is the participation of parents in every facet of the education and development of children from birth to adulthood, recognizing that parents are the primary influence in their children's lives. Effective parent involvement takes many forms, including:
  • Communicating
  • Parenting
  • Student learning
  • Volunteering
  • School decision making and advocacy
  • Collaborating with the community
(National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs, National PTA, 2004)