Parent Resources

Back to School Anxiety

The return to school is often accompanied by a myriad of emotions…excitement, nervousness, anxiety, you name it! And certainly, this year is no exception.

Recognizing that we all may be a little more anxious than usual, the Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is proud to offer an online panel discussion with local mental health professionals Jennifer Weaver, Mimi Weisberg, and Robyne Davis on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The panel will discuss Back to School Anxiety and offer concrete ways you can help get the school year off to a great start.  The link to the FREE webinar can be found on the SCC website

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:


The Parent Resource Center is now making PRC packs on frequently requested topics.  Request yours, 703-204-3941  or  It will have

  • 2-3 books for a caregiver
  • 1-2 books for a child
  • 1 resource guide with a list of ebooks & free webinars
  • a tote bag for easy return at any FCPS school


Plan Ahead — Dad’s Parenting Group — 12 session course

Wednesdays, Sep. 8 to Nov. 30, 6:00-8:30 pm

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



Plan ahead — Dad’s Parenting Group — in Spanish

Planifique con anticipación—Grupo de padres de papácurso de 12 sesiones

Martes, 7 de sep. a 30 de nov., 6:00-8:30 pm

Se centra en 5 características que todo padre necesita para ser un padre eficaz: autoconciencia; autocuidado; habilidades de paternidad, paternidad y relación.



Plan Ahead — Nurturing Parenting 

Wednesdays, Sep. 15 to Nov. 3, 6-8 pm via Zoom

Parents of children, age 0-11, will be supported in stress management, family rules, child self-esteem, and child development.



Nurturing Parenting — In Spanish

Planifica con anticipación  — Nutrir la crianza de los hijos 

Miércoles,15 de sep. a 3 de nov., 6-8 pm, a través de Zoom

Los padres de niños (0-11 años) recibirán apoyo en el manejo del estrés, las reglas familiares, la autoestima infantil, y el desarrollo infantil.



Strengthening Families 10-14 in Spanish 

Planifica con anticipación — Fortalecimiento de las familias Para padres y jóvenes de 10 a 14 años

Jueves, 23 de sep. a 11 de nov., 6-7 pm para los padres; martes, 28 de sep. a 16 de nov., 5:30-6:30 pm para jóvenes y 6:30-7:30 pm para los padres y jóvenes

Fortalezca su vínculo familiar con proyectos, juegos y discusiones sobre el estrés familiar, el consumo de tabaco y la presión de los compañeros.



Dad’s Parenting Group — in Spanish

Grupo de padres de papácurso de 12 sesiones

Martes, 7 de sep a 30 de nov., 6:00-8:30 pm

Se centra en cinco características que todo padre necesita para ser un padre eficaz: autoconciencia, autocuidado, habilidades de paternidad, paternidad, y relación.



Dad’s Parenting Group — 12 session course

Wednesdays, Sep. 8 to Nov. 30, 6:00-8:30 pm

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



Executive Function Tools for Academic Success

Tue. Sep 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

Learn about the executive functions:  inhibition, initiation, emotional control, shift, working memory, planning and organizing, and self monitoring.



Letter of Intent (LOI) Workshop

Wed. Sep. 15, 1-2 pm 

Learn how a LOI can be used as part of the planning process to communicate your concerns, and caregiving instructions to future caregivers, 

Register:  email Carey at:  


Talk Saves Lives:  An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Wed. Sep. 15, 7-8 pm

Suicide can be prevented. Learn how by recognizing common risk factors and warning signs, and by learning appropriate responses. 



Nurturing ParentingFor Parents of children ages 0-11

Wednesdays Sep. 15 to Nov. 3, 6-8 pm via Zoom

This program covers praise and empathy, family rules and expectations, stress management and child development.



Nurturing Parenting — in Spanish

Crianza cariñosapara padres de niños de hasta 11 años 

Miércoles, 15 de sep. a 3 de nov., 6-8 pm

Este programa de cubre el desarrollo infantil, elogios y empatía, reglas y expectativas familiares, y manejo del estrés.



Parenting Children of Color 

Wednesdays, Sep. 15, Oct. 13, & Dec. 15 , 7-8 pm, via Zoom

Gather with other parents to discuss the unique issues in raising children of color with special needs. $20 per session



Social Confidence: How to Help Students with ADHD Re-Acclimate to In-Person School & Friends

Thu. Sep.16, 1 pm, with replay link

Recognize the signs of social anxiety and learn coaching skills to help children and teens to return to in-person school with confidence.



Military-Connected Students and School Transition

Fri. Sep. 17, 10:00-11:30 am

Arriving, settling in, how to build an education binder, what to ask in parent-teacher conferences, and how to connect with other families.



Let Me Introduce You to My Child with ADHD

Fri. Sep. 17, 3 pm, with replay link

Learn the importance of and specific how-to’s for introducing your child’s teacher to your child with ADHD early in the school year.



The Power of Roles

Sat. Sep. 18, 10 am-4 pm   $25

Learn about the power of roles and how to encourage these in the life of an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability.



Strengthening Families 10-14 in Spanish

Fortaleciendo familias 10-14

Jueves, 23 de sep. a 11 de nov., 6-7 pm para padres; y martes, 28 de sep. a 16 de nov., 5:30-6:30 pm para los jóvenes y 6:30-7:30 pm para padres y los jóvenes.

Los padres y los jóvenes pueden fortalecer los lazos familiares a través de discusiones, juegos, juegos de rol, y proyectos familiares.



5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues

Thu. Sep. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, OR  Fri. Sep. 24, 10:00-11:30 am

Kirk Martin will show you how to lower family stress for mornings, school, dinner, and bedtime, improving focus, and impulse control.



Supporting Your Child with ADHD at School 

Fri. Sep. 24, 3 pm

Gain strategies for maintaining an ongoing relationship and communicating routinely with your child’s teacher.



UnSpoiled: How to Raise Independent Kids in an Over-Indulged Age

Sat. Sep. 25, 10-11 am

Learn the 7 secrets of self-sufficient thriving students, how any parent can learn to teach these skills, and every child can learn them.



How to Raise Caring, Successful Kids in a Plugged-In, Trophy-Driven COVID-19 World

Sat. Sep. 25, 11:15 am-12:10 pm

Learn strategies to develop empathy and cultivate social and moral competence, growing the habits of self-control, and collaboration..



Optimizing Executive Functions in Children and Adults with ADHD

Tue. Sep. 28, 1 pm, with replay link

Gain and introduction to executive functions, how to help your child minimize weakness in these, and how they can improve these.



Plan Ahead Day Camp for Bereaved Families with Children Ages 5-18

Sat. Oct 2, Point of Hope Family Camp, Lorton 

A parent or guardian plus one or more children who have recently experienced the death of a parent or sibling are invited.



Plan Ahead — Parent Child Journey Discussion Group — 10 session series with free video course

Early childhood parents:  Mondays, Oct. 4 to Dec. 6, 7-8 pm

Middle childhood parents:  Thursdays, Oct. 7 to Dec. 16, 7-8 pm

This course helps parents to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  

Register:   $100-$350


Plan Ahead — Anxiety Management Parent Group — 8 session series, With 60 day access to video course

Tuesdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 23, noon-1 pm  $100-$300

Topics include diagnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, SPACE principles, parent accommodations and their reduction,  



Plan Ahead — ADHD Management Parent Group  — 8 session series 

Wednesdays, Oct. 6 to Nov. 24, noon-1 pm  $100-$300

Discussion topics include medication, behavioral strategies and educational care.  60 days access to Dr. Dan’s ADHD video course.


Ongoing and On Demand


Family Coaching — 8-12 week program

Work weekly one-on-one with a coach to identify individualized goals and create a targeted family plan.



Parent Child Journey Video Course 

Content available for 6 months $100-$350

This course is to help parents of children to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  



Fairfax County’s Pre-Notification 9-1-1 Program 

Enroll now in this new public safety program for individuals with disabilities. 

Details & Registration:


Special Education During a Pandemic

Learn what the laws specify that schools should provide, and how you can best support your child. 



Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP Is in Tip-Top Shape

Webinar, available 24/7



Accommodations for Recreational Classes and Camps with Fairfax County Parks

Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.

To request accommodations, email or 703 324-8563


Scholarships for Classes with Fairfax County Parks

Children of families that receive public assistance (medicaid, free school lunch, SNAP, TANF) are eligible to take one set of classes per quarter for a $15 registration fee.



NAMI Basics

This 6-session course is for adults who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms (including ADHD and ASD).



Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.

Info:   $50-$90


The Parent Playbook — 9 Module Online Course on Autism

From the VCU Autism Center for Excellence & Virginia Autism Council. An introduction on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families, including tips for caregivers, characteristics, interventions and recommended programs and services.


Support Groups

All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is to be respected.


AAC Parent Group meets occasionally on Saturdays.  Contact:  Amanda or 703-941-7757 ext. 316

African American Culturally Focused Virtual Parent Café meets Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email or 703-324-7720 

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

Arlington Epilepsy Support Group, a list-serve, can be accessed at

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

Autism Society of NoVA Support Group 2nd Saturday of the month, noon-1 pm via Zoom.; Meeting ID: 946 600 1682; One tap mobile (301) 715-8592

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents Alternate Fridays, May 29 and following, 9:00-10:30 am Via Zoom.  Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.  Contact: 

Cafés Virtuales Para Padres:  Miércoles de 7:00-8:30 pm.  Regístrese con al menos 24 horas de anticipación: o 703-324-7720 

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Susan,  or call 303-903-9972.
  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Sun. evening of the month.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport
  • West Fairfax/Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  1st & 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Cathy,  

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom Contact: or call 703-799-2882.

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

Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents Raising Challenging Children meets via Zoom on Mondays, 1-2 pm, Register:

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. Sign up for a phone consultation at

Family F.I.R.S.T. Fridays Autism Support Group meets on the 1st Friday monthly, noon-12:45 at Gum Spring Library 24600 Millstream Dr. Stone Ridge

Family Recovery & Support Group meets weekly via Zoom on Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm for family and friends of those receiving CSB services for addictions.  Contact:

Formed Families Together consists of monthly peer support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster caregivers and parents. Register:

Virtual support group meets the 1st Sunday evening monthly.

In-Person support group meets the 3rd Wednesday evening monthly.

Grupo de Chat para Padres:  Unete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podras mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino esta haciendo. Entra al GRUPO:   (Chat Group for Latino Parents: Join our new CHAT GROUP through the WhatsApp application and you will be able to keep up to date with everything that PEATC Latino is doing.)

Grupo de Educación y Apoyo a Padres en Española se reúne el cuarto sábado de cada mes, de 10 a 11 a.m. en Zoom en ID de reunión: 946 600 1682

Kinship Café meets online 6:30-8:00 pm the 2nd Wednesday of the month for those raising the children of relatives and friends. To attend, call 703-324-7720 or email .

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best

NAMI Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays on Zoom for parents of children living with mental health challenges including ADHD, ASD, etc.  

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

Parent Café (for all Fairfax County parents and guardians) meets via Zoom in English on Mon., 7:45-9:15 pm, and en español, miércoles, 7:00-8:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email or 703-324-7720  

Parents in a Pandemic is for families of children or young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges.  They meet twice monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm on Tuesdays.  Register:

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC-NOVA) Support Group meets on Saturdays occasionally.  Contact:  Brianne Russel-Morris .

REACH Parent Support Group meets monthly to support parents of individuals with developmental disabilities who also have mental health or behavioral issues.  Contact:  Dr. Pourmand