Welcome to the Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). The PRC is a resource and information center for families, staff and community members. The PRC’s mission is to provide parents the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child’s unique learning needs.
The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members.
The PRC’s Family Resource and Information Guide is designed to provide step by step support to families who have a child with a disability, or suspect their child may have a disability, in navigating the special education process, collaborating with school staff, and accessing community resources.
Visit the Guide to learn more about the special education process, and contact the Parent Resource Center for information on how to proceed if you are concerned about your child’s academic, social and/or emotional development.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Talking with Children About Tragedy
Thanks to the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) which has shared the resources below to assist adults in talking with children about tragedy.
Helping children cope: Tips for talking about tragedy, published by the Mayo Clinic
Listen, Protect, Connect – Model & Teach: Psychological First AID (PFA) for Students and Teachers, a pamphlet/handout produced by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Psychological First Aid (PFA) For Students And Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect-Model & Teach, an in-depth newsletter discussing the “Listen, Protect Connect” evidence-informed model for providing psychological first aid, produced by the U.S. Department of Education-Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events, published by Healthychildren.org
How to talk to children about difficult news, published by the American Psychological Association
How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy, published by PBS Parents
Explaining the News to Our Kids, published by Common Sense Media
PRC Event notices and updates are sent out through APS School Talk. If you would like to be added to the PRC announcements list, please go to the APS School Talk page and sign up for our Special Interest list by selecting “Special Education”.