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Community Advisory Committee


What is the CAC?


The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) functions as a liaison between the Calaveras County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area, i.e.- the Special Education Department) and the community (parents, community members, teachers, and local school districts). It is a state mandated association that oversees and facilitates the special education services in Calaveras County.


Who are we?


The CAC is composed of parents of children with special educational needs, educators, administrators, community members and representatives of other public and private agencies who are interested in providing quality education for children with special needs.


What is our goal?


We strive, as a parent-driven group, to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between families and educators. Our goals are:

To educate families and the community about special education in Calaveras County

To promote community awareness of special education

To advocate for families of students with special educational needs

Facilitate the collaboration of parents and educators to improve special education opportunities for students

To act as an advisory board to SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) regarding the development, implementation and review of the county’s local plan for special education


What does the CAC do?

We support and provide a network for parents of students with special needs

Provide resources for families, including: IEP support, informational and educational materials, parent rights information, referrals, references to support groups

Provide educational workshops to help families better understand their special needs child

We engage in advocacy for children with special education needs

Facilitate communication between schools, parents and the community on issues of special education


How can I get involved?


Come to our monthly meetings to:

Learn more about our programs

Meet other family members of children with special needs

Attend workshops supported by the CAC


The CAC Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Handouts are located on  BoardDoc. 




Timini Highfill

Program Secretary






Denise Combs, Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT)

When:  February 27, 2019

Title: " Trust-Based Relational Intervention Training"

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Calaveras County Office of Education..

Denise Combs, Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT)


When: March 06, 2019

Title:" Trust-Based Relational Intervention Training"

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Calaveras County Office of Education..

Dr. Thompson of Mind Matters


When: April 3, 2019

Title: TBD

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Calaveras County Office of Education