Parent Resource Center for Radford City Public Schools 

    The Parent Resource Center is open to promote student success by helping parents and educators come together as a team. We know there are times families may need someone to listen to their concerns, or assist them in exploring ways that best help their child with disabilities. Our staff is available to offer guidance about the special education process, family involvement activities, and links to various community resources and information. The PRC is filled with free materials for parents to take to help with specific challenges. The center also offers an extensive lending library of books, activities, DVDs, and curriculum parents can check out and use for their needs. The staff at the PRC will be giving training or workshops through out the school year to help parents navigate through a variety of topics.




Meet the Staff

Olivia Carchia (RCPS Parent) [email protected]

Joshua Brown (Special Education Teacher and Parent) [email protected]

Kate Leeper (Speech Pathologist) [email protected]



Radford Recreation Center Conference Room

200 George Street

Radford, VA 24141

(540) 731-3864

[email protected]



Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 3:30-5:30 pm

Thursdays: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 3:30-5:30 pm

You can also join us on Zoom!



*please contact any of us with any questions or concerns you might have


What We Do

Serve: all Radford City families, agencies, and the community placing an emphasis on being a liaison between the home and school.


Provide: support through listening and problem solving with individual families.  We provide the community with information regarding resources and services available within the local area.


Maintain: a lending library of books, DVDs, journals, pamphlets, and educational technology to enhance parenting and family interactions and assist schools in meeting the needs of all children.


Offer: trainings,  workshops, and resources for parents and school staff for building positive parent/ school partnerships. We also schedule individual meetings with families to assist with specific needs/requests.


Why Contact the PERC?

  • To get support and problem solve with other parents
  • To better understand the special education process
  • To register for a workshop or training
  • To make an appointment for one-on-one training for a specific need
  • To get information about parent support groups in the local area
  • To learn about your rights and responsibilities according to IDEA (Special Education Law)
  • To gain information about other services: Title I, Title III, Homebound Instruction, Project Hope, McKinney-Vento Act, 504 Services, Home Schooling, Foster Care: Best Interest Determination.  
Lending Library Resources
(abbreviated version)

  • Parenting Pamphlets, Books, and DVDs  (such as the Love and Logic series by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. and 1-2-3 Magic series by Thomas W Phelan, Ph.D)
  • Behavior Modification Pamphlets, Books, and DVDs (such as the Behavior Intervention Manual by Hawthorne Educational Services, Inc.)
  • Child Development Pamphlets and Books (such as Your One-Year Old through Your Ten-To-Fourteen Year Old by Louise Bates Ames)
  • Special Education Laws, Regulations, and many resources explaining the referral and IEP process.
  • A variety of resources giving information about specific challenges  such as ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Depression/Anxiety, PDD/Aspergers/Autism, etc.
  • A variety of resources/activities to help build Social Skills, Self Esteem, Study Skills, Learning Strategies, etc.

Virginia Parent Resource Centers: linking families, schools and communities

Virginia’s Parent Resource Centers are committed to a positive relationship between parents and schools for students’ sake. PRCs assist parents with questions and planning, as well as provide resources and training sessions.  About 46 of the 134 school divisions in Virginia maintain a PRC. Radford City Schools will have a Parent Resource Center opening the Fall of the 2016-1017 school year. Three staff members will be available for developing trainings and providing resources for parents of students with disabilities. RCPS will be developing a strong parent engagement program to foster a positive relationship between families, schools and our community.  

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

Virginia Family Special Education Connection is a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services to Virginia families who have children with disabilities. This resource was developed by VDOE, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University. 

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

This publication was developed to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, their child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child. The guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required of you and the school during each step of that process. Important timelines are highlighted in each section.

A Parent's Guide To Special Education is provided in these formats:


PRC Guidebook and Tools

Virginia Procedural  Safeguards Notice (English) -Your Family’s Special Education Rights
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Spanish) PDF document

Virginia Center on Transition Innovations www.centerontransition.org

Virginia Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership www.virginiaselfadvocacy.org

Virginia Training and Technical Assistance Center www.ttaconline.org

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education

Center for Family Involvement (CFI) www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org
The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so their family members with disabilities can lead the lives they want for themselves. CFI provides information, resources and training for family members and professionals.

Harvard Family Research Project www.hfrp.org
The work of this project strengthens family, school and community partnerships; early childhood care and education; promotes evaluation and accountability; and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth and families. The audiences for HFRP’s work include policymakers, practitioners, researchers, evaluators, philanthropists, teachers, school administrators and concerned individuals. The Storybook Corner, found on this website, offers resources to help educators, families and those who work with families promote the discussion and practice of family involvement in children’s education in a wide range of settings. Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, Storybook Corner provides a list of storybooks with family involvement themes and tools for using the storybooks.

I’m Determined www.Imdetermined.org
This website provides strategies to assist children and youth with disabilities in developing self-determination skills to help them take control of their own lives.

National PTA www.pta.org
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy and successful in school and in life.

National PTO www.ptotoday.com
Toolkits are available to encourage parent involvement. Access requires registration.

PACER Center www.pacer.org
By providing assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center www.peatc.org
Virginia’s Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center provides services and support for families and professionals, easy-to-understand information and training, and opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.

Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education www.taese.org
TAESE provides disability-related information and training materials for education administrators, teachers, and families. Resources are available for free download or purchase of hard copies.

The Parent Institute www.parent-institute.com
The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, audio CDs, brochures, videos and presentation kits.

The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools www.sedl.org
SEDL supports school, family and community partnerships by establishing partnerships to advance the changing role of families and communities in student learning that is being promoted by the No Child Left Behind Act. SEDL also develops and distributes researchbased resources and tools on school, family and community partnerships to those groups.

U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov 
This site offers various resources to assist parents with school success for their children. No Child Left Behind resources are available here. “Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools” is a publication from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement designed for school staff to assist in involving parents as active participants in their children’s education.

  High-Leverage Practices in Special Education was supported by federal funds provided by the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development Center, and was disseminated by the Council for Exceptional Children.  High-Leverage Practices in Special Education includes extensive research evidence regarding practices that could make a positive difference with students who are struggling to find success in school because of learning and behavioral complexities.  The information in the document can be helpful for key instructional leaders to understand the role of effective special education teachers.  See document below