Starting a Parent Group
You may find some or all of these ideas helpful for your first meeting.
If the group wants to continue to meet, try some of these ideas.
- Before your first public meeting, you may want to gather together for coffee
or breakfast to discuss what kind of a group you think you would like to form.
- If you want to draw more people to that first
meeting, you may want to have a speaker discuss a topic of high interest
such as special education laws and regulations, inclusion or
- Make a list of who is interested in meeting together again.
- Decide if the group membership will be limited to parents with other people
invited as speakers and/or as guests.
- Confirm the purpose of the group:
- Emotional support for each other
- Advocacy and/or information
- A combination of purposes.
- Decide the best time and place to meet.
- Confirm the next meeting date.
- Decide what you will do at the next meeting.
- Provide sign up sheets to see who is talented for helping with advocacy, support, typing, making phone calls, etc.
- Obtain commitments from members to make
telephone calls and to prepare announcements for the next meeting.