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Caregiver Resources

DESE Caregiver Resources
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is the agency responsible for education across the state. Its website includes a wealth of information regarding students, schools, and districts. It also offers valuable resources for caregivers that can be accessed via the following links.

DESE Family Portal
This website provides an overview of education across Massachusetts, including learning and testing resources, education laws, and support for caregivers.

https://www.doe.mass.edu/families/

DESE Special Education Information for Caregivers
Focused on special education, this website helps caregivers gain knowledge regarding special education laws, processes, and local support organizations.

https://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html

FCSN Parent’s Guide to Special Education
Established in 1975, the Federation for Children with Special Needs is a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to providing caregivers with information and support as they navigate special education processes.

Their website is very comprehensive, and it includes a helpful guide that was created in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This guide provides a wealth of information regarding special education, and it can be accessed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese via the following link.

https://fcsn.org/parents-guide