Event Calendar


Please contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us
at least 7 days prior to events to request ADA accommodations.

The Parent Resource Center learning sessions will resume at the beginning of the 2023-24 academic year. Help us know what type of sessions you’d be interested in! Please use this link to share your feedback about topics of interest, and preferred times and presentation options.

Sensory Friendly Film Event: Elementaldownload
Saturday, June 17, 2023: 8:30am — 11am
AMC Tyson’s Corner I Routes 7 and 123, McLean, VA 22102

The Waddell Group and Arlington SEPTA invite you to be their guest for the opening weekend of Disney●PIXAR’s newest family movie.
Seating is limited. ONLINE RSVP by June 15, 2022 at WaddellGroup.Net
Please indicate the number of tickets (max 5) and whether you need accessible seats.
In addition to the sensory-friendly film, families will receive an introduction to financial planning for families with special needs, and information from Arlington SEPTA and other resource providers,
View event flier


The events included below are shared for informational purposes, and listing may not be inclusive of all available community learning opportunities and inclusion of opportunities does not reflect endorsement by Arlington Public Schools.



Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions
Register at: Registration link for Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

Planning for the transition from school to adult services can be an overwhelming task. Once your child exits the school system, adult services are based on eligibility criteria and funding availability. These small group sessions are an opportunity to begin creating a plan for the future. Learn what kinds of employment and meaningful day support services are available, how to explore post-secondary options, what transportation supports exist, how to help your child make decisions and advocate, when to apply for SSI and manage benefits, and what recreation activities are available. It’s never too early to plan; you don’t have to wait until your student is close to graduation. Also, these Lunch & Learns would be a great way for families who started the process but got overwhelmed or stuck to find the motivation to restart the process and press forward.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Still Meeting Virtually
These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are 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 respected.
School Age Students and Teens (PK-12): Sundays 7pm-8:30pm
School Age/Teens Support Group Registration Link

  • June 25

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-2:30pm
Email Naomi Verdugo for the meeting link
Questions??  Contact:

  • PK-12: Michelle Best (mczero@yahoo.com)
  • Adults: Naomi Verdugo (verdugo.naomi@gmail.com)
  • Both: Alisa Cowen (acowen@cowendesigngroup.com)

View NAMI 2023 Support Groups Flier





Early Childhood Academy: May 10, 2023 – June 23, 2023
A FREE self-paced online course for families of young children (birth through age six) with disabilities or developmental delays. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success.In this training program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school services easier.

IEP University: June 5, 2023 – June 25, 2023
Join PEATC for IEP University (IEPU), a FREE self-paced on-line course designed to help provide families and professionals with accurate and useful information around IEP development and meetings. IEPU provides easy-to-understand guidance on the special education process, the IEP document, and ways to develop collaborative relationships among schools and families. IEPU targets practical strategies aimed at helping future IEP meetings be more positive, productive, and collaborative for everyone involved.

Transition University: June 5, 2023 – August 4, 2023
Join PEATC for this FREE 5-session SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students that receive special education services, and the professionals that support them. The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 7.5 hours.

Parent Institute: June 27, 2023 – June 28, 2023
Parent Institute is for parents who are NEW to the special education process in Virginia. This training is designed to be the first step for parents in becoming collaborative leaders. Parent Institute connects new parents with resources and guidance in navigating special education in Virginia. Participants will be introduced to the special education process, discover new resources, and have opportunities to network.

It’s Time to Get Squared Away: July 29, 2023 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Attention Active-Duty Service Members and their families…it’s time to get SQUARED AWAY! Join PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, for this interactive, full-day training to explore ways to navigate the special education process and Virginia’s services for your Exceptional Family Member. This FREE training empowers participants to effectively advocate for their children while learning ways to collaborate with the school and community where they live. PEATC will provide information, tools, and resources while encouraging networking with other military families. Topics range from early childhood to the transition to adulthood.

2023 Family Engagement Summit
August 5, 2023 | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the 2023 Family Engagement Summit. “It Takes A Village: Approaches to Supporting the Whole Child.” The Family Engagement Summit is a one-day event focused on enhancing the engagement of families and caregivers of children receiving special education services. The Summit will bring together speakers who will share best practices and innovative approaches that support the overall growth and development of children, including those with disabilities.By increasing family and community engagement, we can create supportive environments that enhance student outcomes and build stronger homes, schools, and communities. Attendees will leave this year’s Family Engagement Summit with practical tools and strategies that can be immediately implemented to improve outcomes for ALL students

Grupo de Chat para Padres: Únete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podrás mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino está haciendo.Entra al GRUPO: https://bit.ly/2VoU2vw

Serie De Educación Especial En Español
PEATC presenta esta serie de talleres virtuales para padres y profesionales que desean aprender más sobre la educación especial en Virginia. Regístrese una vez para asistir a algunos o todos los talleres informativos. Aquellos que asistan a todas o más de tres talleres, podrán participar de una rifa y ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $50.

Cada taller comenzará a las 7:00 pm y tendrá una duración aproximada de 1 a 1.5 horas. Estas sesiones no serán grabadas.