State and local resources are available in your community to help families. Listed below are a few resources. Check also with your local library or social services agencies for referrals in your own community.
Virginia Department of Social Services - 2-1-1 Virginia
2-1-1 VIRGINIA is a service of the Virginia Department of Social Services provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services, the Family Resource and Referral Center, CrisisLink, The Planning Council, the United Way of Central Virginia, and the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services on this 2-1-1 VIRGINIA Web site.
Parent Information Resource Center - Virginia
PEATC is Virginia's Parent Information Resource Center (V-PIRC). The US Department of Education funds Parent Information Resource Centers in every state to improve children's school success by: Supporting effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities; Developing and strengthening partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators and other personnel; Coordinating their PIRC activities with other parental involvement initiatives under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act; Teaching parents of young children as their first teachers.
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Cooperative Extension offers educational programs and resources on topics that affect families throughout the life cycle. At each stage, we provide education to strengthen families and improve their lives.
A Place of Our Own
KCET’s A Place of Our Own (and Los Niños en Su Casa in Spanish) is a daily television series, a website, and an extensive outreach program devoted to the unique needs of people who care for children.
Smart Beginnings – Virginia Star Quality Initiative
Are you looking for a preschool or child care program for your child? Many parents have trouble figuring out what makes a "good" program. The Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) can help. The VSQI was created to help parents and caregivers find high quality child care programs. Just like restaurants or hotels, each preschool or child care program is given a star rating, from one to five stars.
Select Agencies and Organziations
Virginia Head Start Association, Inc.
Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families.
Virginia Department of Education
The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens.
Virginia Department of Education – Early Childhood
Early childhood programs in Virginia public schools provide a foundation for learning and academic success. School-readiness activities focus on phonological awareness, vocabulary, number sense and physical, motor and social development.
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia
The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay.
Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Department of Health offers several programs and services to promote safety and health for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Department of Health - Bright Futures
The Children's Health Information website is your source for up-to-date children’s health information. View videos and text about children’s health topics or explore what happens during a child’s health care visit to a medical professional.
Virginia Department of Health – Child Passenger Safety Program
The Child Passenger Safety Program focuses on promoting proper safety seat restraint use for children until they transition to the vehicle safety belt (approximately birth through nine years of age), increasing risk perception and correct usage of child restraints among parents and caregivers through outreach and education, providing proper installation education and addressing the barriers that prohibit access to safety devices. The Program provides income eligible families with education and free child safety seats and booster seats from as early as the third trimester of pregnancy through seven years of age
Virginia Department of Health – Division of Dental Health
The mission of the Division of Dental Health is to improve the oral health of all of Virginia's citizens.
Virginia Department of Health – Healthy Bites
Health Bites is an interactive online nutrition education tool designed to help you and your family enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides fun, informative videos on nutrition and ideas on simple and healthy recipes.
Virginia Department of Health – Virginia WIC Program
WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The Program provides nutrition education, breast feeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services.
Virginia Department of Social Services
VDSS Mission - People helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities.
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Eat Smart
A collection of podcasts on how to become healthier for yourself and your family.
Safe Kids Virginia
Virginia is fortunate to have nine Safe Kids Coalitions and two Safe Kids chapters that are actively working to prevent unintentional injuries in children. Each coalition or chapter addresses risk areas that are significant in their locality. Topics include car seat safety checks, bicycle rodeos, pedestrian safety training and water safety, as well as special events.
Reach Out and Read Virginia
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Smart Beginnings is a network of locally operated coalitions that are working to improve the quality of care and education for children from birth until kindergarten. In the state of Virginia, 1 out of 7 children will enter kindergarten unprepared. That’s why Smart Beginnings partners across the state are working with parents and early childhood professionals to ensure that each child will be ready to succeed in school and in life.
Child Abuse and Prevention
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
PCAV (Prevent Child Abuse Virginia) offers a toll-free information and support line for parents and professionals across Virginia who call to discuss parenting issues and explore solutions. Call 800-CHILDREN (800-244-5373)
Abuse is not always physical. Threats of violence, destruction of property and/or pets, name calling, humiliating you in front of family and friends, putting you down – all of these things are abuse. Abuse is not caused by alcohol. It is not caused by stress. Abuse happens when one person seeks to hold power over another. At First Step we believe that nobody should have to live with violence or the threat of violence in their lives.
Virginia Department of Social Services - Child Protective Services
The goal of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to identify, assess and provide services to children and families in an effort to protect children, preserve families, whenever possible, and prevent further maltreatment. Child Protective Services is non-punitive in its approach and is directed toward enabling families to provide adequate care for their children.
Virginia Judicial System Parent training
Information about parent mandated education.