• Rick Bowmaster, Ed.D.

    Parent Resource Coordinator

    P: (757) 603-6537

Child Development Resources (CDR)
150 Point O’ Woods Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Phone: (757) 566-3300

Colonial Behavioral Health
Child & Adolescent Services
921 Capitol Landing Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Phone: (757) 253-4047

Greater Williamsburg Network of Care
A partnership between Colonial Behavioral Health and the Williamsburg Health Foundation

James City County Parks and Rec
5301 Longhill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Phone: (757) 259-4200

What is the Parent Resource Center (PRC)?

The Parent Resource Center supports the connection among families of children with disabilities, schools, and the community by promoting a positive working relationship.  The PRC assists families and educators in understanding the laws related to educating children with disabilities.  It maintains a lending library of materials pertaining to disabilities and special education.  The PRC provides learning opportunities for parents and educators on a variety of topics to strengthen the family and school partnership.  

Our services and resources are designed to support families of children with disabilities and educators who partner with them to ensure a successful educational program.  The Parent Resource Center has information based on the Virginia Department of Education’s identified disabilities which include but not limited to:     

  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Developmental delay
  • Hearing impairment including deafness
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual Impairment including blindness

What are some other things the PRC can do for me?

Here a few reasons why people contact the PRC:

  • To get help in understanding the special education process
  • To learn about your rights regarding IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act)
  • To find support while raising a child with disabilities
  • To learn the importance of advocating for your child with disabilities
  • To connect with other parents
  • To register for upcoming programs
  • To suggest ideas for programs that you would be interested in attending
  • To leave an email address to stay informed on happenings in the PRC
  • To check out resource materials from the PRC lending library
  • To learn tips for a successful parent-teacher conference
  • To learn about community resources
  • To learn about support groups
  • To learn about preschool programs
  • To learn how high school students with disabilities transition into adult life and resources available
  • To learn tips for helping children with competing homework

Library & Resources

We maintain a lending library of educational resources for parents and educators. Our lending library offers parents and professionals a wealth of resources, including books, DVDs, and pamphlets to assist you in better understanding all children including those with special needs.

The following is a sampling of subjects covered in our library materials:

  • Advocacy
  • Aspergers/Autism
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Communication
  • Early Intervention Planning
  • Individualized Education Program
  • Integration and Inclusion
  • Legal Issues
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Post-secondary Opportunities
  • Preschool Issues
  • Special Education
  • Specialized Section for Children and Adolescents
  • Transition Planning

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