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Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


Topic: Practical Tips for Parents as we navigate the Pandemic from a mental Health and Behavioral Perspective As we return to brick & mortar learning, mental health and behavioral success of elementary and secondary students are an area of great need. Without a doubt, expectations throughout distance learning varied greatly given each family’s unique circumstances. Students have returned to “in-person” instruction demonstrating a variety of social, behavioral, and academic skills/needs at school and at home. In this interactive presentation, we will be discussing common challenges and stressors students face, practical strategies of what caregivers can do to help, and when to know to bring in more supports/resources.

Flyer available Here

Guest Speakers: Jamie Salter, ED.S, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and co-author of the “Self & Match System” Talin Yesaie, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), San Diego Center for Children

To submit your questions for presenters in advance, please follow this Link.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
CAC Business Items: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
CAC Presentation: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
No cost to attend.

Attend Online Here Meeting ID: 830 6582 2837

For additional information, please contact Heidi Marshall, NCCSE Parent Liaison at 760-307-1509

kidsWhat is a Community Advisory Committee (CAC)?

A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is made up of parents, educators, and community members who are involved in special education. The CAC of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) provides meetings and special events throughout the year and advises the Superintendents of the 14 member School Districts about special education services. Each meeting includes information on a special education topic, resources for families, and opportunities to meet with other parents to exchange resources, information, and ideas.

Whether you are a student who qualifies for special education services, a parent or family member of a student, or a School District teacher or staff person, we can help!

CAC meetings are open to the public!

Anyone with an interest in special education is encouraged to attend, especially if your child receives special education services from one of the NCCSE School Districts.

More information on meeting times, location, agenda, as well as past meeting minutes.


What does the CAC do?

CAC advises the District on the development, amendment and review of the Local Plan for Special Education, including the following:

  • Review the Local Plan and provide ongoing input on special education services, accountability and outcomes;

  • Recommend annual priorities to be addressed in the Local Plan and encourage community involvement;

  • Provide parent education and support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs;

  • Assist in the development of parent awareness and the importance of regular school attendance.

Why is it worth your time to attend CAC meetings?

Parents who have attended Community Advisory Committee meetings report that they have found opportunities to:

  • Connect with other parents and with School District teachers and administrators,

  • Learn about resources for their child and family,

  • Participate in shaping the activities of the committee, including conversations with School District staff and administrators, parent workshops, an awards ceremony, and

  • Develop and expand their leadership skills.

How do I get involved?

  • Attend our meetings.

  • Volunteer on a CAC Committee. You don't have to be a member to volunteer.

  • Share information, talents, and solutions.

  • CAC Meetings Agendas and Handouts 

CAC meetings are held at the North County Regional Education Center
255 Pico Ave. San Marcos, CA 92069 Directions here

6:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Informal networking, 6:30 pm - no later than 8:30 pm: Meeting


Planning Meetings/Events

  • CAC Representative Orientation Meeting (CAC Members Only)

    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6 - 8 pm

  • CAC Director-Representative Priorities Review (CAC Members Only)

    • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6 - 8 pm

  • Excellence in Special Education Awards Ceremony (Open to the Public)

    • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:30 p.m.

CAC Meetings: Business items and Presentation (Open to the Public) 6pm-8pm

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Every year the CAC holds parent information nights. The topics and guest speakers are selected based on parent, community and CAC input. Some topics in the past have included:

  • Special Education Law

  • The IEP Process

  • Guest Speakers: ADHD, Dyslexia

  • Transition IEPS

  • Anxiety

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education should contact our office at (760) 761-5110 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 working hours before the scheduled event.

Spanish interpretation for parent events provided upon request with 48 hours working-day notice.