The WVDE is committed to engaging families in their child’s education.

We understand that a family’s engagement in their child’s education is key in improving academic outcomes for their child.

We want to authentically engage and listen to families so that they are equipped to act as effective partners and are prepared to share the responsibility in learning so that their children reach their full potential and graduate college and/or career ready.

WVDE Family, School, and Community Engagement Core Beliefs:

  1. All parents have dreams for their children and want to see them succeed.
  2. All parents have the capacity to support their children’s learning.
  3. When parents are equipped with accurate, relevant, and timely information, they are properly positioned to partner to support their children’s learning.
  4. Parents and school staff should be equal partners with support from the community.
  5. The responsibility for building positive productive relationships between school and home rests primarily with the school staff, especially school and county leaders.

The resources provided through this website will help families and community members as we all work as partners in making all WV students successful.

Click here for contact information for County Parent-Educator Resource Centers.

Since 1983, the Office of Special Education has coordinated the WV Parent-Educator Resource Center (PERC) Project. The purpose of the project was to build partnerships between parents and educators to ensure that children with disabilities receive the highest educational opportunities and achievement possible. In 1983, we started with 37 counties participating in the project.  A parent of a student with a disability and a special education teacher teamed to staff each PERC.  Counties continue this work with a few only funding the parent coordinator position due to budget constraints.  Nonetheless, the need for this work has soared and is more demanding.   The parent coordinator and teacher coordinator working as a team support parents and their students through a number of activities as well as resources, often working with Title I Coordinators and the entire school staff.  Today they are known as Family and Community Engagement Centers (FCERC).

County FCERCs (or PERCs) are housed in each county, usually in a centralized, accessible location such as a school, community center, board of education office or library. County Coordinators are trained to work with all parents, gather and distribute information, and provide programming and support to parents and teachers to enhance their ability to equip all students for academic success.

Nancy Cline
Phone: (304) 558-2696

Ginger Huffman
Phone:  Phone: (304) 558-2696

The WV Legislature sets forth policies that guide the work of WV schools.  These policies are regulations that the WVDE and county school districts must follow.  There are many policies.  We have provided links to the policies that parents of students with exceptionalities most often have questions.  Additional policies can be found by using the All WVDE Policies link.