Parent's Corner

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

SELPA Help Desk Hours

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

SELPA Help Desk Voicemail


SELPA Help Desk

SELPA Community Advisory Committee

The SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meets regularly to discuss topics of interest to parents and community members who take an active interest in all matters concerning special education in Monterey County. The CAC reviews and makes recommendations relating to the SELPA Local Plan and participates in other activities to support students with disabilities in our area. The CAC also assists SELPA in developing the parent education program. Advisory board member list.

Meeting DateNoticeAgendaPacketMinutes
August 11, 2021NoticeAgendaPacket
October 13, 2021NoticeAgendaPacket
December 8, 2021NoticeAgendaPacket
February 9, 2022
April 13, 2022
May 11, 2022

2020-21 and 2019-20 CAC Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Are you interested in attending our next CAC Meeting?
Please let us know how we can contact you.

Contact Form

CAC Guest Presentations

Videos of CAC Guest Presentations are now available for viewing. 

Charles Ahern, PhD: Neuropsychological Based Educational Interventions, Autism and Executive Functioning, October 13, 2021

David Grady, Manager, State Council on Developmental Disabilities: “Project A”, August 11, 2021

Workshops and Learning Opportunities for Parents and Caregivers within Monterey County

The Monterey County SELPA provides free trainings for parents and families of students with disabilities.

SELPA Parent Workshops

SELPA CAC Information Packet

This information provides you as parents, legal guardians, and surrogate parents of children with disabilities from three (3) years of age through age twenty-one (21) and students who have reached age eighteen (18), the age of majority, with an overview of your educational rights or procedural safeguards.

Parent Resources


Kidpower for Schools

Kidpower is the global nonprofit leader in ‘People Safety’ education – an international movement of leaders reaching millions of people of all ages, abilities, genders, identities, and walks of life with effective, culturally-competent interpersonal and social safety skills. Kidpower has access to special grant funding that can be used for online parent workshops, professional development, parent/child workshops, and - in some cases - classroom programs for teachers together with their students - in Spanish and in English. 

Safety for All Abilities

Kidpower would very much like to see special education staff, students, and their families benefit from this grant funding. Any adult from your school can contact Kidpower about this! Parents, teachers, administrators, playground supervisors - no matter what your role, Kidpower is excited to talk with you! Please contact Kidpower RIGHT AWAY, because they are scheduling these grant-funded services right now. Kidpower Program Coordinator Amy Dahlen is looking forward to hearing from you.

Amy Dahlen
Program Coordinator
Cell (831) 588-5514

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State Council on Developmental Disabilities

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.

Project A: Disability Awareness

A presentation about anti-bullying and supporting people with disabilities Video.

Project A Flyer

Project A PowerPoint

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SPIN (Special Parents Information Network)

Families confront enormous challenges in raising a child with special needs.

In 1985 a group of Santa Cruz County parents of children with special needs began meeting together for support. Through the years parents have continued to maintain the organization that, in 1996, became known as SPIN (Special Parents Information Network). In June, 2000, SPIN became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. SPIN continues to support and provide information about resources to strengthen families.

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Special Kids Connect

Special Kids Connect develops resources, raises awareness and provides support to children with disabilities and their families in Monterey County.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for youth and adults with special needs.

We are thrilled to announce the NEWEST program at PHP, Connections California! Connections California will be a FREE statewide resource for families. 

Much of the information in Connections California will be applicable to anyone, anywhere! Think checklists, videos, events, and more!

Save the Dates for the Upcoming Connections CA Events!

January through March 2022

CADRE - The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) creates products and delivers services that are high quality, relevant, and useful to the field of dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.

Cartoon children in a circle with their hands in the center.

Bardin Preschool Autism Boot Camp

The Bardin Preschool will hold an Autism Boot Camp for parents starting after the Spring Break. The series will be conducted by a Speech Therapist, School Psychologist and Occupational Therapist. The Boot Camp will talk about the eligibility part of autism and then intervention. Videos on each topic will be very short- about 1 minute in length!


ADEPT (Autism Distance Education Parent Training) Interactive Learning

ADEPT (Autism Distance Education Parent Training) Interactive Learning is an original MIND Institute/CEDD 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques.


The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA)

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) has conducted a series of research activities including focus groups, small pilot studies, and a large scale randomized control trial to develop, refine, and evaluate a comprehensive intervention program for high schools serving individuals on the autism spectrum. Learn more about our research through a review of our presentations and publications.

Echo Autism

ECHO Autism Special Edition: Partnering with Families

A digital collaborative to support educators in the implementation of EBP's for learners with Autism. in the context of the home environment. Please click the link below to watch the recorded session, including training and material for parent-implemented intervention.

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The Department of Developmental Services

The Department of Developmental Services has a variety of brochures, booklets, publications, and other free resources for families and caregivers of children who are birth to 3 years of age. These early start publications are part of the statewide outreach aimed at increasing awareness regarding programs and resources available.


Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0342