Parents and family members are critical members of the IEP team and the IEP development process. As parents, it is important that you understand the individualized education program (IEP) and its parts, why the IEP is important, and the valuable role you play in creating the IEP. This tip sheet, An Overview of the IEP: What to Know About Your Child's IEP and How It is Developed is intended to help you and other parents understand the key elements of the IEP and the IEP development process.
We would like to thank staff from Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center, Nicole Bucka, and educators at Ella Risk School Elementary School in Central Falls Rhode Island for their feedback on these resources. To ensure these resources are as helpful as possible for parents and families, we welcome any suggested edits or ways to make the content more accessible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.