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LIFE Resources

Learning is Fundamental for Everyone

Walter Brownley Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee funded this project entitled "LIFE (Learning Is Fundamental for Everyone) with Sickle Cell Disease" which focused on educational needs of school age children with sickle cell disease. The project is now being sustained to the extent possible. Goals of the project include:

1) Increasing the capacity of the Family Advocate to assist more patients and families, improving adherence with routine care and evidence-based healthcare guidelines for sickle cell disease.

2) Increase parent and student education on 504 and IEP educational plans and teach advocacy skills to parents to use at the school through one on one meetings with the Family Advocate and  an in-person workshop where families will be invited to attend to receive education about 504 Plan/IEP and the legal assistance process. In addition, parents will be encouraged to share sickle cell resources with teachers and school nurses.

3) Link families to the sickle cell disease community and resources through events, educational materials, conferences, interactive community websites, and distribution of children’s books to families.

What are 504 and IEP Plans?

Education Videos and Webinars

What is Specially Designed Instruction?

Virginia PTA Advocacy Webinars and Resources

Additional Resources

Advocates for Justice in Education

Click HERE for their very informative newsletter.

Parents Place of Maryland Back to School and Other Resources 

Click HERE! to find resources about going back to school during the pandemic and many other resources from PPMD. They will be updating this section frequently, so be sure to check and see what new resources are available to support you and your family's needs. You can also join their "Coffee Conversations" here:

Mondays 2pm - Families with a child in Middle or High School
Tuesdays 2pm - Families with a child Birth – 5th grade
Wednesdays 10am - Families with a child who has behavior challenges​
Wednesdays 2pm - Families with a child who has complex needs
Thursdays 2pm - Spanish Speaking families
Fridays 2pm - Military-Connected Families 

Message from Washington Parent
The outbreak and spread of the coronavirus has caused a lot of uncertainty for us all. We at Washington Parent remain committed to our DMV families and we will do our best to keep you informed and updated on relevant information to help you navigate parenting in these uncertain times. Due to the ban on large gatherings, we will suspend our list of family-friendly events and focus on fun, kid-friendly activities while at home. Please stay well and keep in touch either on our Facebook pageInstagram account or email me at See additional resources at and -Jane & the staff at Washington Parent 

Online Teaching Resources for Families and Educators

 Set your family up for success with distance learning tips and schedules for kids at home. You'll find helpful resources from Common Sense and other trusted organizations on a range of topics, from using Zoom to managing anxiety and supporting social and emotional well-being. Welcome to your go-to guide for giving your kid a positive experience learning from home. Click here.

The Family Guide to At-Home Learning from the CEEDAR Center has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. View it on our website here.

Let NASA bring the universe into your home by clicking here!

Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Home here.

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