Your Source for Programs, Seminars, and Information!


In the upcoming year, the PTA will be providing useful information to families highlighting free FCPS PRC workshops and events to include other free educational opportunities.


Upcoming FCPS Parent Resource Center  workshops:

  • If you miss a workshop, you can email for materials and handouts.

Parent Information Relating to Special Education


All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.


When other events become available they will be posted at:


Free Counseling for Fairfax County Youth

Healthy Minds Fairfax is providing free mental health counseling to youth ages 5-21 from income eligible families (household income up to $100,400 for a family of four).



From Possibilities to Practical Applications -- Disability Education & Transition Conference        $50-$60

Sat. Feb. 2, 9 am-4 pm Hilton, 12042 W. Broad St. Henrico, VA   

This disability education and transition conference will include workshops, exhibitors, and meals.  Reduced fee for age 18+ self advocates who volunteer.



Mon. Feb. 4, 9 am-noon Providence Comm. Ctr., 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax

This workshop is for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs. Your child will meet other siblings, share experiences and receive peer support.

Register: or 703-204-3941


South County Dads Parenting Group

Tue. Feb. 5-April 30, 6:30-9:00 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria  

Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.

Information:  Bennie Herron 703 324-730 or  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064


Getting Your Child Past Procrastination Without Being the Bad Guy

Wed. Feb. 6, 9:30-10:30 am Cooper MS, 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean

Presentation by Ann Dolin during the PTA meeting. No registration.


Familias Fuertes 6-11 — programa de 14 miércoles — en español

Strengthening Families 6-11 — 14 Wednesdays — in Spanish

El 6 de feb. al 15 de mayo, 6:00-8:30 pm, Brent Place 375 S Reynolds St. Alexandria
Niños entre 6 y 11 años y sus familias se juntan para una cena, clases para padres y jóvenes en habilidades familiares y sociales. La clase incluye rifas semanales.  

Children ages 6-11 and their families meet for a meal, followed by separate parent and youth classes in social, life, and family skills.  Includes weekly raffles. 

Registración:  Contacte a Alice Clark al 703-820-9001 ext. 105 o 


Sensory Processing and Behavior:  How Are They Related? 

Wed. Feb. 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of PWC 13505 Hillendate Dr. Woodbridge

Register: pr (703) 730-3124.  Childcare avail. w/ regis. by Jan. 31.


Parenting Children with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges in Foster and Adoptive Families — Webinar with Extended Access     

Thu. Feb. 7, 1:00-2:30 pm                  Free with coupon code:  PARENT

Children with early trauma often carry deep wounds.  Learn about common concerns in foster and adopted youth and how to help.  


FASD in Schools — Webinar

Thu. Feb. 7, 6:30-8:00 pm  

Learn about school accommodations and supports that have the potential to help some students with Fetal Alcohol spectrum Disorder.


Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal

Fri. Feb. 8, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about symptoms and causes of school refusal, the differences between it and truancy, strategies for parents, and resources to help support students.

Register: or 703-204-3941


Helping Your Child Build Study and Organizational Skills

Sat. Feb. 9, 10 am, Ideaventions Academy 12340 Pinecrest Rd, Reston 

Learn strategies to bolster executive function skills and how to use a growth mindset to help your child push through frustration and develop independence.


The Challenges of Adolescence for Females on the Autism Spectrum 

Sat. Feb. 9, 10 am-noon, ASNV Office 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton

Learn how to support girls with ASD though the transitions of adolescence.


Screening of Ain't No Mountain

Sun. Feb. 10,  4 pm, Beth El 3830 Seminary Rd. Alexandria 

This film documents the largest-ever expedition of climbers with disabilities as they attempt to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.


Social Competence — For Children with Autism or other Developmental Disabilities

Tue. Feb.12, 6-8 pm OR  Wed. Feb. 20, 9-11am, LCPS  21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 

Learn how to help your child understand and gain stills in social situations, expectations, cues, interactions, and rules.

Register:  or 571-252-6540


Mind in the Making — Taking on Challenges 

Tue. Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn why this skill is important and strategies for improving this skill in children age 0 - 8.

Register: or 703-204-3941


MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students

Wed. Feb. 13, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church

Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.


Mind in the Making — Self-Directed, Engaged Learning 

Tue. Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn why this skill is important and strategies for improving this skill in children ages 0 - 8.

Register: or 703-204-3941


Screening of Intelligent Lives  

Wed. Feb. 20, 7 pm, Bishop O'Connell HS 6600 Little Falls Rd. Arlington

This film challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education and  meaningful employment.


Helping Your Child Build Study and Organizational Skills

Wed. Feb. 20, 7 pm, Spring Hill ES 8201 Lewinsville Rd, McLean

Learn strategies to bolster executive function skills and how to use a growth mindset to help your child push through frustration and develop independence.


Stress Less, Laugh More: Strategies For Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness For Families

Wed. Feb. 20, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sycamore Sch.4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300 Arlington

Learn how to recognize stress in kids, some strategies for reducing stress, and other ways to promote long-term psychological health.


A Soulful guide to Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time

Thu. Feb. 21. 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean


Crianza con Cariño — programa de 8 jueves — en español

Nurturing Parenting Program — 8 Thursdays — in Spanish

El 21 de feb. al 11 de abr. en Alexandria (se da la dirección exacta con registración) 
Aprende acerca del desarrollo de niños, el elogio, la empatía, reglas de familia, la disciplina y el manejo del estrés familiar. La clase incluye una cena y cuido de niños.

Learn about child development, praise and empathy, family rules, discipline,  and family stress management. Includes a family meal and  childcare.

Registración:  Contacte a Alice Clark al 703-820-9001 ext. 105 o 


Selective Mutism

Fri. Feb. 22,  10 am-noon  Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about selective mutism and how symptoms persist.  Learn ways to successfully support a child to overcome their fear of speaking, both at school and out in the world. Register: or 703-204-3941


Super Transition Saturday

Sat. Feb. 23, 8:30 am-12:15 pm, Jackson MS, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church

Students with disabilities benefit from planning for after high school even if they will attend college.  Start that planning in elementary and middle school here.

Info &Registration: or 703-204-3941


Positive Mealtime Strategies

Wed. Jan. 30, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 

Learn about nutritional balance, and ways to increase your child’s interest in, and tolerance for food.

Register:  or 571-252-6540


Plan Ahead — Family Reunification Workshop

Wed. Mar. 20-April 10, 5:30-8:00 pm, Park View HS 400 W. Laurel Ave. Sterling

Join us for a workshop for Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and recently reunited youth to learn ways to cope and improve family relationships.  Includes dinner & childcare.

Register:  Daiana Bañales-Dorman at 703.820.9001 x109 


Support Groups for Parents


Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:


Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or



CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.

Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  last Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact:  Kim

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or call 703-716-4646.

Louden County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932


CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.


D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703-545-6089.


Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.


NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. 

Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at


OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   or  call 202-215-5859.


Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.


Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:


Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at:



The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.   2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703-204-3941  Espanol: 703-204-3955  The PRC can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.


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