Parent Resource Center

PRC logoWhy a Starfish?

A father and son went for a walk on the beach the day after a storm to survey the damage. They saw that thousands of starfish had washed ashore and were sure to die in the mid-day sun. The son began running up and down the beach, throwing as many as he could back into the water. The father saw this and said, “Son, look how many there are. What does it matter?” The son picked one up and threw it into the ocean stating, “It mattered to that one.”

Because Everyone Matters!

Mission Statement

The Hanover County Public Schools Department of Special Education established the Parent Resource Center (PRC) as a source of information, support, and training for parents, students, staff, and community members.

The PRC is focused on cultivating a collaborative culture between home and school. Our goal is to help parents better understand the special education process and become active participants in the development of their child’s education. Research shows that an increase in active participation and communication ensures greater student achievement and success later in life.

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Contact Us

The Parent Resource Center is located at:

John M. Gandy Elementary School 
201 Archie Cannon Drive, Ashland, VA 23005
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Room D-9

Kelly Jones, M.Ed., Parent Resource Center Coordinator
Phone: (804) 365-4596

Transition Services

View our Transition Services website for information on your student's journey from high school to adult life. 

Lending Library

The PRC has many books and DVD's available for you to check out. Feel free to come by and browse or call the center to discuss which resource is right for you.

Available topics include the following:

  • Adolescence
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (some in Spanish and French) 
  • Behavior / Discipline
  • Blind / Visual Impairment
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children & Siblings
  • Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing 
  • Depression
  • Down Syndrome
  • Early Intervention
  • Epilepsy
  • Financial Planning
  • For Parents
  • Fragile X
  • IEP / Special Education
  • Inclusion
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Obsessive-Compulsive
  • Disorder
  • Resource Guides
  • Respite
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensory
  • Social Security
  • Social Skills
  • Speech & Language
  • Staff Resources
  • Study Skills
  • Substance Abuse
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Technology
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Transition

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