Virginia Parent Resource Centers…. …Promoting a collaborative partnership between families, schools and communities to create positive educational outcomes for Virginia’s school children. Supported by research.
…Promoting a collaborative partnership between families, schools and communities to create positive educational outcomes for Virginia’s school children
Research concludes “the evidence is consistent, positive and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through
life. . . .”
U.S. DOE Parent Involvement Non-Regulatory Guidance Document, April 2004
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act:
defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities including:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
In May of 1988, the Virginia Board of Education set a goal to expand the network of Parent Resource Centers statewide and to earmark funds to assist local school divisions with start-up costs.
The VA Dept of Education added personnel to serve as Parent Specialists in working with PRCs across the Commonwealth.
Part B Preschool 40%
Part B K-12 31%
Indicator 8: The percentage of parents with a child receiving special education who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.
Map of VA with locations marked
…provide services within the local school system to promote meaningful family involvement including:
What do parents and professionals say with regard to Parent Resource Centers?
in Fall 2009
One school division only 92%
More than one school division 8%
Areas that are:
training and workshops; information and resources; and telephone calls, emails, and in-person consultations.
Number of Parents Served
In 2007-2008, over 750 training sessions, workshops, and presentations were conducted.
Number of Participants
Through newsletters delivered to:
Provide up-to-date information about:
Sent via mail, email, school distribution, & other means.
Number of PRCs Reporting They Have:
Number of PRCs Reporting
Link on School Division Web Site
Own Web Address
Do so much for families and schools to build collaborative connections to improve student outcomes!