Digital Resources - Information for Families and Educators

Digital Resources Compiled by the Family Resource Center

Listed below are resources from FCPS and the community on a wide variety of topics to help families and educators support student success.

Please email [email protected] or call 703-204-3941 the Family Resource Center for more information.

Resources by Topic

Handbooks and Manuals


Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) 

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

Padlets (Digital Bulletins Boards with Information)

Comprehensive list of All Padlets: This page lists and links to all padlets.

ADHD: FRC resources, behavior and discipline, mental health, etc.

Autism: FCPS resources, support groups, signs and symptoms, preschool, etc.

Bullying: FRC Resources: Students with disabilities, resources for staff, conversation starters, etc.

Career and Transition Services (CTS: Resources for Families: webinars, government agency funding, FCPS resources, etc.

College and Career Planning: FRC and FCPS resources, PSAT and SAT information, college consulting, etc.

Community and Public Supports: Energy Assistance, Internet, Utilities, and Bills, mental health and safety, etc.

Dyslexia: FCPS resources, Community Resources, Conversation starters, educational resources, etc.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: FRC Resources, FCPS resources, learn ASL, community support, Apps, etc.

Early Childhood Education: Social and emotional milestones, classes, childcare, etc.

Executive Functioning Resources: Videos, organizational tools, resources from FCPS, resources in Spanish, etc.

LGBTQIA+ Awareness: Community resources, conversation and lesson resources, etc.

Resources to Support Immigrant Families: English classes, citizenship and legal services, workforce training, etc.

Respite Care: Resources to support families that need help with older adults, children with liabilities, foster, adoptive, and kinship families, etc.

School Refusal: online support, alternative options for school, mental health and resiliency, books, etc.

Special Education & Section 504 Resources: FCPS resources, IEP process, 504 plan process, dispute resolution, autism, ADHD, etc.

Support Groups: Groups for families of Autistic children, mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, etc.

Twice Exceptional Learners (2e): FRC resources, VDOE, resources, Dyslexia, teaching strategies, etc.

Family Resource Guides (Pdfs of information)

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Resources





Drug and Alcohol Resources in Spanish 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Digital Citizenship

FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshops on Youtube

Tip Sheets from CommonSense Media

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FCPS Links:

Community Resources

Resources in Spanish 



Tip Sheets

Community Resources

FCPS Links: Instruction and Assessment

FCPS Links: Characteristics of Students with Dyslexia

FCPS Links: General Resources

Resources in Spanish 

Early Childhood Education


Tip Sheets

FCPS Links: General Information

Community Resources

  • Potty Training Resources Padlet: Books, videos, apps, articles, tools, and more all to assist with potty training. Helpful for toddlers and for children with special needs.

Eating Disorders

Tip Sheets

National Eating Disorders Collaboration

  • Eating Disorders ad Substance Abuse
  • Stigma and Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Eating Disorders and Diabetes
  • Eating Disorders in Males


Community Resources

Eating Disorders What Every Family Needs to Know: View this webinar on eating disorders from the FCPS Parent Resource Center.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. 

  • Where Do I Start? National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) can support you on your journey. These resources can help you take the first step to getting the help. 
  • Parent Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Parent Toolkit is for anyone who wants to understand more about how to support a family member or friend affected by an eating disorder.
  • Educator Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Educator Toolkit is a resource for educators, staff who work in a school setting, or those who work with youth outside of school to understand more about eating disorders to support students and the young.
  • Coach and Trainer Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Coach and Trainer Toolkit is a resource for staff who work in gyms, school settings, outside athletic groups, dance studios, etc. who would like to know how to support athletes who may be affected by eating disorders.

The Body Project: This is a group-based prevention intervention that provides a forum for high school girls and college-aged women to confront unrealistic appearance ideals and develop healthy body image and self-esteem.

Academy of Eating Disorders Video Library The Academy for Eating Disorders provides a list of helpful videos available on a variety of topics on eating disorders

How to Help a Loved One: NEDA provides resources. Friends and family are often key to encouraging loved ones with eating and/or body image issues to seek help.

Eating Disorders Helpline: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides confidential help Monday-Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm ET, and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm ET.

Free and Low-Cost Support: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides free and low-cost support options offer ways to connect with others and provides tools to promote recovery.

Padlet (electronic collection of resources): Eating Disorders

Support for Caregivers: Beat, a United Kingdom-based organization, has published guidance encouraging healthcare providers to ensure better support for families of people with eating disorders, including by offering an assessment of their own mental health needs and access to peer-to-peer support programs.

Fairfax County Government:  Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team encourages people to get screened online, at no cost and confidentially, through their website.

Eating Disorders Screening Tool:  NEDA provides a short screening — appropriate for ages 13 and up — that can help determine if it's time to seek professional help.

NEDA Blogs

FCPS Links

Executive Functions

Tip Sheets


Community Resources

  • ADHD Toolkit: This toolkit for families provides strategies to help with school success (pdf).  

FCPS Links

Gun Violence Prevention Resources

Tip Sheets

The Gun Violence Prevention Resources webpage has information about the following topics:

  • secure firearm storage,
  • modeling responsible behavior around firearms,
  • asking about secure storage practices in other homes,
  • recognizing the role of firearms in suicide, and
  • seeking help for a child who could be a threat to themselves or others.

Military-Connected Families

Section 504

Special Education


Tip Sheets

Community Resources

  • The Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education.
    • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has updated The Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This publication is a revision of the former A Parent’s Guide to Special Education which was initially published in 2010. This new state guide was developed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to help those involved in special education, whether as families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, or students. 
    • Amharic I Arabic I English I Spanish I Vietnamese I Urdu
  • Special Education Process: from VDOE, this site explains the special education process 
  • National PTA: A Special Education Toolkit
    • Getting Started: An Introduction to the Special Education Process and how to Advocate for your child.
    • From Pre-K to Graduation: Transitioning your student throughout his or her school career and preparing them for college or the workforce after graduation.
    • Understanding Federal Policy: An overview of federal disability and special needs policies, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
    • A Parent’s Dictionary: Key terms to know when getting started in special education.
    • Acronyms: An overview of acronyms used in special education and disability policies and programs.
    • Resources: A directory of tools and organizations that families can access for assistance.
  • FCPS: The Special Education Process
  • Contents of the IEP: The Center for Parent Information and Resources starts with the definition of IEP and explains the parts throughout the IEP.
  • VDOE: Understanding Special Education A Parent's Guide to Special Education: The guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required of families and the school during each step of that process.

FCPS Links: General Special Education

FCPS Links: Special Education Instruction

FCPS Links: Additional Services and Supports

FCPS Links: Special Education Procedural Support

Community Resources

  • Special Education & 504 Resources Padlet: Support Guides, organizations, workshops, websites, and reading material to learn about disabilities, your rights, and available resources to support your child.

Student Wellness and Mental Health

Tip Sheets

NAMI: National Alliance for Mental Illness: Fact Sheets for Mental Health Conditions (English and Spanish)

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder)
  • PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

NAMI: National Alliance for Mental Illness: Fact Sheets for Related Conditions (English and Spanish)

  • Anosognosia
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern
  • Psychosis
  • Risk of Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Sleep Disorders


Videos in Spanish 

Videos in Arabic

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Community Resources

  • National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Health Library: Search to find more resources on disorders, treatment, and  other family resources.
  • Warning Signs and Symptoms: From the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI): Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental health condition isn't always easy, but identifying a problem early can help lead to the best outcome.

FCPS Links: Programs

FCPS Links: Crisis Intervention

FCPS Links: Wellness

FCPS Links Characteristic Specific


Tip Sheets

Fast Facts: Secondary Transition: Why it is important to plan early? (pdf)


Community Resources

VDOE Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

FCPS Links: General Transition 

FCPS Links: Transition Education

Twice-Exceptional 2E Learners


Tip Sheets

Community Resources

FCPS Links

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