Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding for Parent Support and Training in Greeneville

Posted on September 27, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the Department of Education for awarding a $364,708 grant to Support and Training for Exceptional Parents, Inc. in Greeneville for training and information services under the Parent Training and Information Center Program (PTICP). “All of Tennessee’s children deserve equal access to superior educational opportunities,” said Frist.  “This grant will help educate parents and children in Greeneville about how to address students with special needs in the classroom.  Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Education for helping to empower Tennessee’s children to achieve at the highest level.”   “There are roughly 125,000 special needs children in the state of Tennessee,” said Alexander. “This training will allow parents to better understand the nature of their child’s disability and help their children meet academic goals. Senator Frist and I are pleased to see this investment in Tennessee by the Department of Education for training and support programs for the parents of those children.” The purpose of the PTCIP is to provide training and information services to parents of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and to students with disabilities throughout Tennessee. The program provides: information services and assistance to families; training for families and students; specific outreach to low-income families, families of limited English proficient children, families of inappropriately identified children, and underserved military families; and promotes partnerships between families and the full range of professionals in the education field.