To improve K-12 student performance and retention by increasing parental engagement, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (a national non-profit civil rights organization), with the generous support of Qualcomm Inc., established the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP). PREP seeks to empower parents to become successful advocates for their children by providing practical knowledge of local school district policies, state and federal statutes governing educational standards and services, administrative processes, and dispute resolution methodologies which will permit parents to work collaboratively with their schools. PREP supports parents through advocacy workshops, educational consultation clinics, and an online national resource center.
During the Educational Consultation Clinics, volunteers meet with parents to identify a successful strategy to resolve questions or concerns about their child’s education, especially for special education needs and high school choice options. Volunteers will consult with parents and families to assess their child’s educational needs, develop an advocacy plan, and discuss implementation of the plan. Expert attorneys will be available on site at the clinic to provide support to volunteers.