A host of centers across the country tasked with helping parents navigate the special education system are getting a financial boost.

Fifteen parent training centers spanning 11 states, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Guam will share in $3.5 million in funding from the Department of Education, officials said Wednesday.

In addition, 10 so-called community parent resource centers will receive $100,000 each to help parents of children with disabilities in underserved communities.

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“Research shows that all students, especially those with disabilities, are more successful when parents are part of the educational decision-making process,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These centers help families who have children with disabilities access services and negotiate the complex framework of special education rules and regulations.”

The Department of Education now funds 106 parent training centers throughout the nation, with at least one located in every state.