Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

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Pathfinder Services of ND is the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the state of North Dakota.

Every state has at least one Parent Center, designated and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The Parent Information Centers program is one of the primary vehicles under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for providing information and training to parents of children with disabilities. The program supports competitive awards to help ensure that:

  • Children with disabilities and their parents receive training and information designed to assist these children in meeting developmental and functional goals and challenging academic achievement goals, and in being prepared to lead productive independent adult lives;
  • Children with disabilities and their parents receive training and information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA, in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision making relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services; and
  • Parents receive coordinated and accessible technical assistance and information to assist them in improving early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for their children and families.

To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Education's page on the program.

Pathfinder Projects

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

Pathfinder Services of ND is the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the state of North Dakota.


Parent Support Providers

Parent Support Providers

Parent Support Providers provide emotional support and information to families of children birth to 3 years of age with developmental disabilities, delays, and ongoing health care needs.


Parents Matter

Parents Matter

Parents Matter increases parent engagement and partnerships with schools by establishing effective communication and creating initiatives that promote academic awareness and success, through evidence based resources, technical assistance, and technology.


North Dakota Secondary Transition Project (NDSTP)

North Dakota Secondary Transition Project (NDSTP)

The purpose of the NDSTP is to serve youth with learning difficulties and their families to realize new transition possibilities. NDSTP provides resources, training and support to youth and families with disabilities on transition to college, post-secondary opportunities and employment. It will also teach how to plan for positive futures, and how to access supports and services after leaving high school.


Community Cafe

Community Cafe

Pathfinder Services of ND hosts and facilitates community cafés throughout the state to bring individuals together for a common purpose.

Our Community Cafés approach brings an environment that allows a network of collaborative dialogue. In turn this sparks leadership to build relationships, enabling individuals to see new ways to make a difference within their communities.