Parent Academy

Parent Academy
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is a strategy for student success in school and in life, achieved through the collaboration of educators, families, and community partners. FACE supports Arlington Public Schools (APS)’ strategic plan goal to “develop and support strong connections among schools, families, and the community to broaden opportunities for student learning, development, and growth”.

The APS Parent Academy offers parents and guardians of children attending schools in Arlington learning opportunities on a wide variety of subjects to support the academic, social and emotional development of children, such as:

  • Child development
  • Student achievement
  • Wellness and mental health
  • Parent advocacy
  • Educational programs
  • Internet safety
  • Personal or family growth
  • Supports and opportunities for second language learners
  • Social issues of importance to parents and families
  • Countywide events and information nights, including Kindergarten, Middle and High School Information Nights, College Night, and the Summer Activities Fair

Parent Academy Partners

The APS Parent Academy partners with Arlington County and community organizations committed to supporting children and families. Please visit their websites for additional resources and/or learning opportunities.

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Dealing with “What If…?”: What You Can Do Now to Support Your School-Avoidant Child
Tuesday, June 2, 2020: 11am – Noon and 8pm-9pm
During this school closure, many parents of school-avoidant children are concerned about how to support their child in navigating uncertainty and preparing for school re-opening. Choose whichever session works best for your schedule, and join us for this session and a Q&A to learn what you can do now to support your child.Presenters: Heydi Baptista, Mary Dolby-McDonald, Liska Friedman and Phyllis Thompson, APS School Social Workers
Registration is required to receive link to access virtual session. Register online here for this free session.
Co-sponsored by Arlington Public Schools Office of Student Services and Parent Resource Center (PRC)
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Supervision Guidelines and Safe Sleep
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 2:00 pm (Spanish Session): Oprima aquí
3:00 pm (English Session): Click Here to Join
This is an information session to provide support to families on supervision guideline and safe sleep practices.
Presented by Arlington County’s Child and Family Services Division


Need to contact us? If you have questions or ideas about future learning opportunities, please contact Isabel Messmore, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist, at isabel.messmore@apsva.us or 703.228.2598.

Note: This page may contain links to one or more websites that are outside of the Arlington Public Schools (APS) network. APS does not control the content or relevancy of these links.