Multiracial family of seven in front of crowded field of cherry blossom trees. Youngest child is disabled with cerebral palsy.
This grassroots network of families in Pennsylvania provides information, training, and support to families affected by disability across the state.


FAMILIES TO THE MAX (F2MAX) grew from Project MAX, a grant designed to increase opportunities for students with the most complex needs to learn the same school work as their classmates without disabilities. Since then, FAMILIES TO THE MAX has grown to include families maximizing the potential of all children receiving special education services.

Through family, educational, and community collaboration, we can overcome obstacles and promote change and expectations for all children. When we work together and presume competence (believe in the abilities of all students), everyone can learn and be proud of their accomplishments.

Watch the video below for background on the Network.

Mission & Vision

  • Our Mission: Leading change for children with diverse needs by maximizing opportunities in the home, classroom, and community.
  • Our Vision: Empower students, families, and communities to believe that all children can reach their maximum potential.
If you would like to join the FAMILIES TO THE MAX: Pennsylvania Statewide Parent Network please send an email to [email protected]

FAMILIES TO THE MAX: Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network Partners

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The Parent Partnership was formed to raise awareness among Pennsylvania families and to create a unified statewide network that leads change by raising expectations for all students so they have access to the general education curriculum and PA Standards. Through the collaborative efforts of PEAL, HUNE, PaTTAN, and OSEP the Parent Partnership continues to support the efforts of FAMILIES TO THE MAX: Pennsylvania Statewide Parent Network.

The contents of this document were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, H323A170023. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Susan Weigert.