Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide

Image of the first page of this tip sheet, if it were laid outAge of majority is the age when children legally become adults. At this time, they gain the rights of adults, which include the right to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions for themselves, sign contracts, live independently, and much more. In most states, the age of majority is age 18.

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Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The CPI-W rises when prices increase for the things the average consumer buys. This means that when prices for goods and services we purchase become more expensive, on average, the COLA increases monthly benefit levels and helps you keep up with the changing cost of living.

As a result, more than 67 million Americans will see a 2.8 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019.

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Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness

Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness

“School readiness” describes the capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that will best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in the development of school readiness. No one component can stand on its own.

  • Ready Children. A ready child is prepared socially, personally, physically, and intellectually within the developmental domains addressed in Virginia’s six Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development, and personal and social development. Children develop holistically; growth and development in one area depends upon development in other areas.
  • Ready Families. A ready family has adults who understand they are the most important people in the child’s life and take responsibility for the child’s school readiness through direct, frequent, and positive involvement and interest in the child. Adults recognize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher, providing steady and supportive relationships, ensuring safe and consistent environments, promoting good health, and fostering curiosity, excitement about learning, determination, and self-control.
  • Ready Schools. A ready school accepts all children and provides a seamless transition to a high-quality learning environment by engaging the whole community. A ready school welcomes all children with opportunities to enhance and build confidence in their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Children in ready schools are led by skilled teachers, who recognize, reinforce, and extend children’s strengths and who are sensitive to cultural values and individual differences.
  • Ready Communities. A ready community plays a crucial part in supporting families in their role as primary stewards of children’s readiness. Ready communities, including businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments, work together to support children’s school and long term success by providing families affordable access to information, services, high-quality child care, and early learning opportunities.

Superintendent’s memo released June 29, 2018 

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program

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Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development


Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development
(Also available in Spanish) |

Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule.  This article from KidsHealth shares valuable information.


Resource Alert – Mental Health


Information for Educators, Students, Parents, and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

6th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs

The General Assembly’s Commission on Youth introduces the 6th Edition of the Collection of Evidence-based Practices for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs. The Collection summarizes current research on those mental health treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating children and adolescents. The Collection is intended to serve a broad readership, including educators, service providers, parents, caregivers, and others seeking information on evidence-based mental health practices for youth.

The collection can be found online or in PDF format.

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Cyberbullying Toolkits for Everyone

More information on Cyberbullying toolkits for students, parents and educators can be found on the CommonSense Website.  They have partnered with No Bully to provide everything from a pledge to a crisis hotline.


PEATC has bullying workshops and is ready to present upon request. Our newest addition to the our workshop series on bullying is this featured below.

Creating a World without Bullying (Youth)

Bullying is a widespread epidemic.  Bullying affects lives.  Who is the bully? What causes youth to bully? What resources are in place to assist “the child” who demonstrates bullying behaviors?  This unique interactive workshop is for the youth who bullies. Youth will understand how their behavior aligns with the definition of bullying.   They explore potential causes for their aggressive behavior. Through dialogue and candid discussions, youth are encouraged to channel negativity and use their voice positively to effect change and help end bullying of others.

To learn about our workshops and how to request one please click here.