What patients and families need to know
Education and School Program
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Bringing Education to Our Patients
At Children's National Hospital, our education specialists work with patients and families to help navigate the school system during and following treatment.
School is a routine part of most kids' lives. We understand that having a child who is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder can disrupt that routine and cause increased need for school supports and services.
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National has an education team that is available to help you and your child navigate the school system during and following treatment. Our education specialists work closely with families, school systems and medical teams to ensure that a comprehensive school plan is created to meet each child’s unique needs.
Common resources and supports provided by our education specialists may include:
- An education guide to help you navigate the school system and advocate for appropriate school supports
- Assistance with school forms and paperwork, including home and hospital paperwork
- Support with school planning
- Communication with school teams to help them understand diagnosis information and recommendations for how to support your child’s academic needs
- Participation in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan meetings
- School re-entry planning
- College scholarship resources
Please note that some resources listed above might be provided by other members of our medical or psychosocial team.
School During Hospitalizations
For patients with extended hospitalizations, our education specialists work with the school districts to determine how academic services will be provided. Students may receive services through LearnWell, the hospital-based teaching program, or through a home and hospital teacher with the student’s school district. This is determined by the individual school districts.
Our education program also includes a volunteer tutoring and internship program that supports hospitalized students. Students can receive help on school projects and assignments or complete educational enrichment activities provided by our education specialists.
We accept school supplies and educational activities to support patients who are hospitalized or returning to school. If interested, please see our wish list:
- Colored pencils
- Dry erase markers
- Pencil cases
- Spiral notebooks
- Usborne activity books
*Please note that all items must be brand new.
If you are interested in learning more about the CCBD Education and School Program, please talk to your Children’s National hematologist, oncologist, BMT physician or other team member to receive resources or express your interest in a consultation with an education specialist. For general questions about school resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.