Virginia Statewide Parent Education Coalition

The Virginia State Parent Education Coalition (VSPEC) was organized in July 2005 by the Virginia Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (VECCS) state plan through Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia.


The coalition members consist of state and community stakeholders and service providers working together to support a common vision, mission and set of core values.


The Coalition works together to identify gaps in parent education and to strengthen existing services.


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Education Coalition 

Introducing the VSPEC Parent Education Toolkit

The Parent Education Referral Toolkit is designed for judges, court services staff, guardians ad litem, commonwealth attorneys, probation officers, local departments of social services, and others who refer families to parent education programs. The purpose of the toolkit is to enhance understanding of the variations in the types and levels of parent education programs available and to assist in making appropriate referrals based on the best fit between the needs of families and the focus and design of the program.

The toolkit defines three levels of parenting education and describes the population served and the recommended expertise of the educators providing the service. VSPEC wants to ensure you refer families to the right level.

See below to download or view the toolkit which features the following topics:

  • Overview of Parent Education

  • Characteristics of Effective Parent Education Programs

  • Risk and Protective Factors

  • Trauma-Informed Care 


To request additional information or to provide feedback on the toolkit, please contact us.


More About the Virginia Statewide
Parent Education Coalition

Core Values

  • Valuing children

  • Strengthening and empowering families

  • Taking responsibility for the integrity of our service to others

  • Growing, developing, and transforming how we work together to reflect best practices and diversity

  • Communicating to strengthen parent education networks

  • Promoting physical and emotional well being in ourselves and others


Guiding Principles

  • Commitment – through actions taken as leaders, advocates, educators, collaborators and caregivers

  • Compassion – and caring for all Virginia families, children and ourselves

  • Respect and inclusivity – for all people of all ages from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds

  • Integrity – in all of our actions, based upon honesty, high ethical standards and a commitment to practice based on research and ongoing evaluation


Member Advantages

  • Join a network of experts to share information

  • Participate in professional trainings

  • Receive statewide support from colleagues

  • Market your program

  • Ability to link to State resources

  • Participate in policy development

  • Receive timely updates on issues across the state

  • No membership fee

Introducing the Partnering with Parents Guide

Quick Links

The Virginia Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1-800-552-7096

Call 911 if a child is in immediate danger

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