Human Services

Arlington Families

 

Welcome to Arlington Families -- a site that links parents and caregivers to valuable online resources about what’s happening for families in Arlington, Virginia.  Find a playground, meet other parents in a workshop, learn about school options, discover something fun to do over the weekend, or get connected to practical parenting ideas!  Arlington Families brings you all this and more!  Just click on an age group link below.


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Words of Wisdom / Parenting Tips
Looking for something to do on the weekends? Check out Cool Places for Kids in Virginia...lots of ideas by age group for fun things to do this summer all over Virginia.
How young is too young to be home alone?  Arlington County Child Supervision Guidelines represent the minimal acceptable standards for the supervision of children.
Keep reading!  Start with a book has great ideas to keep your kids reading and exploring all week long.
The ARC of Northern Virginia offers a ton of resources and workshops for families with children with special needs.  Learn more at The ARC of NOVA.
Are you the parent of a 10-16 year old?  Are you interested in learning more about what makes your tween or teen tick? Would you like the opportunity to interact with other parents who have some of the same challenges and questions as you do? Check out Parenthetical an online site offered by the University of Wisconsin for parents of children between the ages of 10-16. It’s a parenting website, blog and social network all in one place. Gain new insights as you connect with other parents.
Arlington County is in special need of foster families for African American, Hispanic and children of other cultural backgrounds.  We also need families for teenagers, children with emotional or physical handicaps and sibling groups. Learn more about the Foster Care opportunities in Arlington.  Make a difference in a child's life!
All things Arlington Teens!  Do you know that there is website just developed by teens for teens in Arlington? Lots of great resources, things to do, blogs, and information.  Check it out at www.arlingtonteens.com
Getting an "A" for effort!  Check out these 3 Easy Tips for Improving Student Effort.
NetSmartzKids e-books offer an exciting, new way for children ages 5-10 to learn important Internet safety lessons. In this first offering, Webster learns why it's important to ask a trusted adult before sharing his information online.  Check out this newest ebook-Delivery for Webster.
Planning for college?  Find tips and resources for financial assistance at the US Department of Education Student Aid  resources website.
Online Training Course Launched for Parents of Young Children Newly Diagnosed with ASD! VCU-ACE, in collaboration with the Virginia Autism Council, is excited to announce the launching of a new online course My Child Was Just Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder:  Now What Do I Do?“”  This course is designed for parents of young children who have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the past year.  However, the content is applicable to any parents who are looking for strategies to support their young child with an ASD.  
Looking for parenting resources in Spanish?  Buscando informacion en español? Check out Bienvenidos a ParentFurther! A Search Institute Resource for Families en español.
Are you sure you've installed your child's car seat correctly? Let trained experts check it for you! The Arlington County Auxiliary Police offers FREE Child Safety Seat Inspections on a regular basis.  Register online or call 703/228-BABY for more information.
Upcoming Events for Parents and Families
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Clases Prenatales/Prenatal Class in Spanish.  Discutimos la nutricion, laboratorios, lactancia, cuidados de bebe, cambios fisiologicos durante el embarazo, y mas, incluyiendo un tur del hospital.  Centro de Servicios Humanos, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level. Gratis!  Prenatal classes in Spanish.  Topics include nutrition, lab tests, lactation, physical changes during pregnancy, infant care, and more, including a tour of the hospital.  Free.  For all Arlington parents who are expecting a baby!  For more information, contact Wilma at 703/228-1548.    Para mas informacion, llame a Wilma Arrazola al 703/228-1548.
Wednesdays, April 23, and April 30.  Prenatal Classes in Spanish/Clases prenatales.  Are you expecting a baby?  Project Family offers a prenatal class in Spanish to help prepare parents for childbirth and caring for a newborn.  Classes meet every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m.-12 noon.  One Thursday/month is a hospital visit and tour.  Human Services Center at Sequoia, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level, Conference Room B.  Contact Wilma at 703/228-1548 or warrazola@arlingtonva.us for more information.
Thursday, April 10.  Ser Padre en los EE.UU.: Somos "padres" o "amigos" para nuestros hijos?/Parenting in the US:  Are we parents or friends to our children? ¿Acabas de llegar a Arlington o has vivido aqui por un tiempo? ¿Como es ser padre en los EE.UU.?  Reunase con nosotros a discutir temas importantes para padres inmigrantes en los EE.UU., incluyendo disciplina, reglas, derechos de los niños, recursos para familias, poniendo limites, y más. 6:30-8 p.m.  El taller será ofrecido en español.  Para más información llame a Cheryl Fuentes 703-228-1551 o cfuentes@arlingtonva.us   Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Room 120. Sponsored by the Arlington DHS/CFSD Parent Education Program.

Friday, April 11.  Brown Bag Workshop Series:  Ouch!  The Crazy Things We Say to Kids.  We mean well, we just don't always get it right.  Join Bobby Kaplow, Director, APS Extended Day, as he shares examples of words and comments that hurt, lower self-esteem and generally aren't supportive to kids. You will also learn different ways of communicating that help young people feel valued, safe, cared for, and feel good about themselves.  11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.  Register at bobby.kaplow@apsva.us  Sponsored by the Out of School Time Committee.

Saturday, April 12.  18th Annual Arlington Teen Summer Expo. Want a job?  Get a job!  An event linking over 900 teens and young adults with summer employment.  The event is FREE and registration is not required. Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Quincy St.  11:00 am-1:00 pm.   Hosted by the Arlington Employment Center.  Contact Nadia Conyers at nconyers@arlingtonva.us or 703/228-1417 for more information.  

 

Saturday, April 12. 5th Annual Kids in the Kitchen Spring Health Fair.  Free family fun!  Little Pretzels Yoga, Healthy Snacks, Zumba, Tween Yoga, Raffle Prizes. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Mosaic, 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031 (near Gallows Rd. and Lee Highway).  Sponsored by the Junior League of Northern Virginia.

April 15-Deadline to register.  "Yes, We Can!" Preschool Summer Enrichment Program (for children ages 2-3 years old who have a primary sensory loss of deafness/hard of hearing or vision impaired/blindness.  The Summer Enrichment Program is a weeklong program of enrichment activities and is funded by the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation.  No fee to participate.  Parents are encouraged to stay and participate each day.  June 23-June 27, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.  514 East Beverly St., Staunton, VA  Application and more information available online at www.vsdb.k12.va.us or 540/332-9068

Thursday, April 24   Ser Padre en los EE.UU.: Familias reunificadas - los hijos estan aqui conmigo en los estados unidos/Parenting in the US:  Reunited Families--now my kids are here with me.  ¿Acabas de llegar a Arlington o has vivido aqui por un tiempo? ¿Como es ser padre en los EE.UU.?  Reunase con nosotros a discutir temas importantes para padres inmigrantes en los EE.UU., incluyendo disciplina, reglas, derechos de los niños, recursos para familias, poniendo limites, y más. 6:30-8 p.m.  El taller será ofrecido en español.  Para más información llame a Cheryl Fuentes 703-228-1551 o cfuentes@arlingtonva.us   Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Room 120.  Sponsored by the Arlington DHS/CFSD Parent Education Program.
Saturday, April 26. 5th Annual Move Me Festival. Get active.  Get creative.  Get involved. Join honorary festival hosts Senator Barbara Favola and Del. Patrick Hope as you travel "around the world" with Bowen McCauley Dance and experience live performances and interactive presentations by Metro DC artists!  A day of wellness, fitness, and fun for all ages!  Zumba, arts and crafts, improv games, Hula, Bollywood, and folk dances, and other activities perfect for the whole family!  Festival culminates with a free performance by Arlington's own Bowen McCauley Dance.  For more information, visit www.BMDC.org  Sponsored by the Kenmore PTA, Dominion Foundation, Washington Forrest Foundation, Arlington Community Foundation, KCI Servant's Heart, Bowen McCauley Dance, and JBG Companies.  1:00-5:00 p.m.  Kenmore Middle School.
Friday, May 2.  Family Dance Party.  Free family fun on Friday Night @ The Mill.  7:00-9:00 p.m.  Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street.  Sponsored by the Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
Thursday, May 8. Ser Padre en los EE.UU.: Recursos en la comunidad/A donde ir para pedir ayuda/Parenting in the US:  Community Resources/Where to get help.  ¿Acabas de llegar a Arlington o has vivido aqui por un tiempo? ¿Como es ser padre en los EE.UU.?  Reunase con nosotros a discutir temas importantes para padres inmigrantes en los EE.UU., incluyendo disciplina, reglas, derechos de los niños, recursos para familias, poniendo limites, y más. 6:30-8 p.m.  El taller será ofrecido en español.  Para más información llame a Cheryl Fuentes 703-228-1551 o cfuentes@arlingtonva.us   Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Room 120. Sponsored by the Arlington DHS/CFSD Parent Education Program.

Last Modified: April 14, 2014
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