Presented by The Family and Educator Resource Center/Department of Family and Community Engagement

FAMILY LEARNING SERIES: WINTER/SPRING 2019 SESSIONS


To Register: Parents/Teachers/Staff:
Please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one or more of the workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.


Hidden in Plain Sight

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 • 6-7:30 p.m. 
Sandston Branch Library meeting room, 23 E. Williamsburg Road, Sandston, Va.
Sara Davis Harman, coordinator, Henrico County Sheriff’s Office

This workshop is part of a community initiative to help educate parents on possible signs of drug and alcohol use by teens. A teenager’s bedroom is replicated to allow parents to “snoop” to find indicators of drug use and hiding spots. Discover how alcohol and drugs can be easily hidden in a teenager’s bedroom.


Be Smart Community Safety Campaign

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 • noon-1:30 p.m.
Gayton Branch Library meeting room, 10600 Gayton Road, Henrico, Va. 
Kristen Martin, Education and Be Smart lead, and Jill Gasper, child psychologist

Each year in the United States, nearly 300 children gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 500 more die by suicide with a gun. The Be Smart campaign was launched to take action and start a conversation about gun safety; safeguarding medications in the home and internet safety. All topics apply to young children through adolescence.


Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media tips, tricks and secrets

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (upstairs, door 9), 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
Catava Burton, educational specialist, Department of Professional Development and School Improvement, Henrico County Public Schools

Learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety and the psychological impact of these issues. Strategies will also address what you as parents can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smartphone!


Is Your Child Struggling in School?

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 • noon-1:30 p.m.
Varina Area Library conference room, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.
Pam Bell, director, Department of Family and Community Engagement, Henrico County Public Schools

If a child is struggling in school, when do you know it’s time for intervention? Parents of children with social, academic or behavioral issues may wonder whether their issues are part of typical childhood development or if they are due to something more serious. This session will focus on at-home strategies and tools to support academic achievement.


Developmental Milestones

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 6-7:30 p.m.
North Park Branch Library meeting room, 8508 Franconia Road, Henrico, Va.
Patricia Koon, outreach and recruitment supervisor, Child Savers

The journey to your child’s early years includes many developmental milestones for how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. The Centers for Disease Control’s “Prevention Developmental Milestones” tool will help you know what to look for in your child. You can also talk to your child’s doctor about these milestones. Not reaching these milestones, or reaching them much later than other children, could be a sign of developmental delay. This workshop will review the milestones of development from birth to five years old and help parents to “Learn the signs and act early.”


Developmental Milestones

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • noon-1:30 p.m.
Eastern Henrico Recreation Center classroom, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.
Patricia Koon, outreach and recruitment supervisor, Child Savers

The journey to your child’s early years includes many developmental milestones for how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. The Centers for Disease Control’s “Prevention Developmental Milestones” tool will help you know what to look for in your child. You can also talk to your child’s doctor about these milestones. Not reaching these milestones, or reaching them much later than other children, could be a sign of developmental delay. This workshop will review the milestones of development from birth to five years old and help parents to “learn the signs and act early.”


Human Trafficking: Is It in My Community?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center auditorium (door 12), 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
Elena S. Brooks-Perkins, M.S. Ed., education and outreach manager, Safe Habor

Join Safe Harbor for a workshop on understanding the issue of human trafficking in our community. We will explore tactics of abuse, the scope of the problem in the U.S. and locally, how it differs from other forms of abuse, and the difference between sex trafficking and prostitution. We will also discuss how to recognize red flags in your community and how to help if you suspect someone is a victim. Participants will leave with a better understanding of human trafficking and how to get help in the Richmond community.


Raising a Confident Child – What’s Your Parenting Style?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 • noon-1:30 p.m.
Glen Allen Branch Library meeting room – 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va.
Vivian Stith-Williams, Parent Center social worker, Department of Family and Community Engagement, HCPS

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can instill in their child. A kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re afraid of failing or disappointing others. This can end up holding them back, so parents must encourage and support children as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Your parenting style can affect everything from how much your child weighs to how your child feels about himself or herself. Do you believe in lots of discipline or are you more permissive? Find out about the different types of parenting and learn about which will works best for you.


Family Learning Night – LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va.

The HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement team is kicking off an informative and engaging evening for parents, guardians and families as they prepare for the final SOL push and for summer planning. The event will include more than 30 resource vendors, summer camp options, “real talk” tabletop discussions, and a highlight session on social media and its effects on students. Food trucks will be onsite as well and there will be a kids’ zone for younger learners.


Dyslexia Simulation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Brookland Middle School library, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va.
Rebecca Hodell, dyslexia advisor, Henrico County Public Schools

Find out about the prevalence, characteristics, intervention and accommodations for dyslexia. Get an overview of dyslexia and participate in an intensive simulation intended to generate robust conversation about children with dyslexia and their experiences in the classroom. The simulation is intended to give the participant the power of empathy, which can truly be attained in this short experience. Henrico County Public
School resources and information will also be highlighted.


Summer Planning for Students and Families

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 • noon-1:30 p.m.
Varina Area Library meeting room, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.
Pam Bell, director, Department of Family and Community Engagement, Henrico County Public Schools

As the end of the school year draws near, now is a great time to plan for summer learning opportunities for your child and family. Explore the multitude of learning and experiential activities for children, ranging from preschool to high school. We will share different activities that can be done at home, as well as provide information on various field trips and summer enrichment events and camps occurring in our surrounding communities.