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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.

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virginia parent resource centers

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
Supported by research. . .

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

supported by law
Supported by Law. . .

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:

  • parents playing an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
  • parents being actively involved in their child’s education at school
  • parents acting as full partners in their child’s education
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Supported by Law. . .


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:

  • Provides for parent involvement throughout the special education process
  • Requires training for parents in the special education process
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VA PRC origins. . .

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.

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VA State Improvement Plan . . .

2008 Results

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.

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Virginia Parent Resource Center Network

Map of VA with locations marked

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers…

…provide services within the local school system to promote meaningful family involvement including:

  • Maintaining a lending library of resources
  • Offering training on such topics as parenting, disability awareness, IEP development and the special education process and special education regulations.
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Virginia Parent Resource Centers…
  • Providing information regarding conferences and training opportunities
  • Sharing community resource information
  • Supporting individuals within the community with one-on-one meetings, phone calls and/or emails
  • Publishing newsletters and maintaining websites of resources for families and educators
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Virginia Parent Resource Centers

What do parents and professionals say with regard to Parent Resource Centers?

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Survey ofVirginia Parent Resource Centers
  • Online survey emailed to all 50 PRCs

in Fall 2009

  • Data reported for school year 2007-2008
  • Number of surveys completed: 37
  • Return rate: 74%
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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve...

One school division only 92%

More than one school division 8%

Areas that are:

Rural 32%

Suburban 51%

Urban 6%

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve Different Constituents...
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Otherprofessionals
  • Members of the community

Parents of

Parents of

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve Diverse Groups...
  • African American
  • Asian
  • Hispanic
  • White
  • Multiracial






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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Help Parents Directly...

By providing

training and workshops; information and resources; and telephone calls, emails, and in-person consultations.







Number of Parents Served

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Provide Training...





In 2007-2008, over 750 training sessions, workshops, and presentations were conducted.



Number of Participants

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Keep People Informed...

Through newsletters delivered to:

  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Administrators
  • School Board members
  • Community agencies
  • Other service providers
  • Special Education Advisory Committee members


Number ofNewslettersDistributed


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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Newsletters...

Provide up-to-date information about:

  • Evidence-based practices
  • Current research
  • Advances in knowledge
  • Success stories
  • Local, state, and national news, events, and conferences
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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Newsletters...

Sent via mail, email, school distribution, & other means.



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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Use Technology...

Number of PRCs Reporting They Have:

  • Web site: 24
  • Blog 2
  • Own Web address 9
  • Link on school division Web site 28
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Virginia Parent Resource Centers Use Technology...

Web Site


Number of PRCs Reporting

They Have:

Link on School Division Web Site

Own Web Address





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Top Three Concerns Reported by Virginia Parent Resource Centers...
  • IEP process and content
  • Behavioral issues
  • Resources and support services
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VA Parent Resource Centers . . .

Do so much for families and schools to build collaborative connections to improve student outcomes!