HCPS Parent Resource Center

HCPS Parent Resource Center


Mission Statement:
The Hopewell City Schools Parent Resource Center promotes a cooperative partnership between parents, educators, and the community to help parents become active participants in the development of their child’s educational program.


What can the PRC do for me?
1. The HCPS PRC will educate parents about the special education
process including laws and regulations.
o Workshops 
o Direct Consultations
o Provide agency and service provider contacts
2. The HCPS PRC will provide direct support to parents, educators, and the community.
o Listening and problem solving
o Promoting a cooperative partnership for student success
o Provide educational materials
3. The HCPS PRC will serve as a source of information for parents, educators and the community.
o PRC Website
o PRC Newsletter
o PRC Annual Family Resource Gala
Woodlawn Learning Center
1100 Dinwiddie Avenue
Hopewell, VA 23860
Phone: 804-541-6414
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Days and Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM or by appointment
Linda Ciancio-Brown, PRC Coordinator, lcbrown@hopewell.k12.va.us
Antonia Thompson, PRC Special Educator, agreene@hopewell.k12.va.us

Housing Resources For People With Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities.
Tuesday, June 18th session is for Central VA

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS) Division of Developmental Services invites you to attend an information session to learn more about the resources available to help people in the Settlement Agreement population access their own home in the community with appropriate supports.

REGION 4 (Central Region) Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Location: Petersburg Public Library, 201 West Washington Street, Petersburg, VA 23803                        

Link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/housing-resources-for-people-with-developmental-disabilitiestickets-59382651108

Please RSVP by June 10, 2019, If you need a reasonable accommodation for any of the sessions hosted in Region 4, please email your request to hilliard@dbhds.virginia.gov at least 7 days prior to the session date.


We hope you'll find the information and resources provided useful for your child, regardless of the disability label, on their journey from high school to adult life.


As you go through the site you will find some of the text is underlined. Click underlined text for more information. It will go directly to the page on our site about the subject, or to another web page.

The document below from the Department of Education is long, but has a lot of information! It's current (2017) and includes the roles of special education and the state vocational rehabilitation agency (for us, that's the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services or DARS for short) in the transition process, different types of employment outcomes and college information, and much more!


Governor Northam Signs Autism Insurance Bills Into Law!

May 28, 2019, marked a momentous occasion here in Central Virginia! Our team had the privilege of witnessing the culmination of over 10 years of passion, dedication, and relentless advocacy as Governor Northam signed House Bill 2577 and Senate Bill 1693 into place. This legislation means diagnostic services and autism-related therapies will be covered by state-regulated plans for Virginians at ANY AGE. There is no longer an age cap! 


Check out some of the media coverage of the event here:



The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce our first round of parent training sessions for 2019. All training is offered free to attendees and may include hotels, meals, and mileage. Most sessions center around families with students in special education, but our programs are open to all families. One session is being offered in Spanish for these months and more will be available later in the year.


See PEATC Flyer below and a description of each event is available at http://www.peatc.org/newsmanager/news_article.cgi?news_id=935&no_popup=0


For more details or for direct assistance to a family needing special education information, please call us at 1-800-869-6782.


Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 4-5pm.
HCPS School Board Office
103 N. 12th Avenue
Hopewell, VA  23860
(804) 541-6400
VCU ACE-IT in College Program registration for Fall 2019 open until
March 1; application available here: https://aceitincollege.org/