Parents & families advocating for positive changes in special education

The Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Prince George’s County Public Schools (SECAC-PG) is an organization of volunteers. We are parents and caregivers of students who need special education. Your input is solicited, valued, and respected as part of our work to advocate for meaningful changes in special education in YOUR community.  Don’t miss your opportunity to advise the Department of Special Education on educational matters that lead to achievements in students. 


    • Parent LED: The executive board members are parent volunteers.
    • Parent INPUT: Your voice and advocacy lead to meaningful recommendations.
    • Parent EDUCATION: You help set the agenda.
    • Parent PARTNERSHIPS: School and community stakeholders collaborate for change.
    • General Assembly APPROVED:  Maryland regulations require each school district to maintain a SECAC. 

Qualifications:  a willingness to be a volunteer and be a part of the conversation on achievement of all students!

General membership meetings are open to all. They are held the fourth Tuesday of every month* during the school year at 6:30 pm. There are no meetings in the summer (June, July, August) or December.

For more information, call (301) 431-5675 (The Family Support Center).

* When PGCPS after school activities close due to inclement weather our meetings will be rescheduled.

2021-2022 Meetings:

Meetings are currently being held remotely over Zoom. Please sign up to be on our email list, and we will send out a link to our meeting so you can join us.

meeting schedule


March 22, 2022

Encore! An Evening With Dr. Dan Habib, Parent-Advocate and Filmmaker

As a follow-up to his presentation at the 11th Annual Prince George’s County Family Empowerment Conference, Dr. Habib returns to engage families in an interactive discussion on “Building a Roadmap for Inclusive Lives.”

April 26, 2022

Supporting Families with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the Autism Waiver

This session is designed to provide families with information about the Autism Waiver. The waiver provides opportunities for students with ASD to receive specialized services, such as intensive individual support services, therapeutic integration, and residential habilitation.

May 24, 2022

So Much to Learn and Prepare for in Adulthood! Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative

During the session, you will learn from the Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative (PGSMHI) Coordinator about tools to prepare students and families for transition into adulthood in the area of Mental Health Preparedness.

September 28, 2021

Welcome Back to School: You have questions. We have Answers.

Navigating the school system when you have questions can be a time-consuming process. The Department of Special Education and The Family Support Center would like to provide information to streamline that process for you. Join us as we answer questions related to transportation, student health, and safety. We will have representatives from the Transportation Department, Health Services, and the Family Support Center. They will join us to share tips on how to get the information that you are seeking.

September Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Recording of Presentation (on YouTube)
Transportation – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Family Support Center – Presentation Slides (PDF)

October 26, 2021

Let’s Talk!

Join us for this opportunity to participate in engaging discussions utilizing facilitated breakout groups. You will have a forum to share your successes and challenges in navigating the Special Education process. You can also share your suggestions on how the Department of Special Education can support you and your child on their educational journey.

October Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Recording of Presentation (on YouTube)
October Presentation Slides (PDF)

November 30, 2021

You are Your Child’s Best Advocate!

Join us as we explore ways to increase your advocacy skills. We will explore how you can put your advocacy skills to use during your child’s IEP meetings and more.

November Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Recording of Presentation (on YouTube)
Family Support Center Updates Nov 2021 (PDF)
How to Be Your Child’s Best Advocate (PPMD) (PDF)

December 2021

No Meeting
January 25, 2022

Ready, Set, Grow – Preparing for Transition and Nurturing Student Self-Advocacy

School-related transitions mark huge milestones in your child’s educational journey. Are you prepared? Come learn what to expect during your child’s transition from preschool through post-secondary opportunities. Learn ways to start teaching your children how to self-advocate through these transition periods.

January Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Recording of Presentation (on YouTube)
Special Education Update – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Ready, Set, Grow: School Transition and Self-Advocacy (PDF coming soon)

February 22, 2022

HELP! I Cannot Get my Child Off the Screen!

The Internet has become one of the most significant sources of information and entertainment for children and adolescents. With the advent of distance learning, due to the Covid 19- pandemic, many students have substantially increased their daily usage. Do you feel that your child has become increasingly attached to the screen (cellphones, gaming, and computers)? Come learn about strategies that you and your family can use to monitor and reduce screen time. You will also hear about the steps should you consider if your child is having difficulties backing away from the screen.

February Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Recording of Presentation (on YouTube)
Special Education Update – Presentation Slides (PDF)
HELP, I Cannot Get my Child Off the Screen – Presentation Slides (PDF)

When we meet in person, we meet at 6:30 pm at John Carroll Elementary School, 1400 Nalley Terrace, Landover, MD 20785.

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