Many parents around North Carolina worry every day about what educational path is the right one to take with their exceptional child. Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) Outreach Director Allison Guenther joined parents, children, and organizations from around Wake County on Saturday at the Special Needs Resource Fair hosted by the Town of Wake Forest and Richland Creek Community Church.
As an organization advocating for educational opportunities for children, PEFNC believes every child deserves an exceptional education. Allison shared information about North Carolina’s state-sponsored scholarship program which can assist students with special needs. The Children with Disabilities Grant offers up to $8,000 for private school tuition, special education, educational technology, or related services. The grant application opens on May 1st.
Additionally, for families who qualify for and receive the Opportunity Scholarship Program, they can utilize this scholarship for up to $4,200 for private school tuition. These two state-sponsored scholarships can be used together, providing families up to $12,200 in tuition assistance and support.
Allison said she appreciated the opportunity to talk to parents about options for their children. “It is so important for parents to know all of the options available to them in North Carolina.” She added, “I heard from a variety of parents whose children were in traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, or homeschools. The one common thread was that each of these parents want the best for their children, regardless of setting.”
To learn more about the Children with Disabilities Grant or the Opportunity Scholarship Program, please visit ncseaa.edu. Parents can also use NC Schools Around Me to learn about the schools near their homes.
We hope that you’ll join our efforts to fight for exceptional education for exceptional children!