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Last Updated: 2017-02-08



Learning begins before children enter school.

We help ensure that Richmond’s children ages 0-5 are born healthy,
well-cared for and enter school ready to learn.

A BABY’s brain is eager to learn at birth! Important development and learning occur long before children enter school. To create a strong body and smart brain, children need good nutrition, exercise and a safe, healthy environment to thrive and grow.

What every child needs –Reading, quality care, communication, stable relationships, play, safety, love, laughter and music.

The Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI) works with parents, home visiting organizations and community groups to help families in two (2) areas:

Parenting Education / Educación para padres

We provide parenting workshops at various locations throughout the city in partnership with community organizations.

We offer the Nurturing Parenting Program Series, a free, 15-week, evidenced-based parenting program for Richmond parents, grandparents and others caring for children ages 0–5 years.

Single session parenting workshops are also available on such topics as The Power of Play, Music is Magic; Routines; Rules and Rituals; Emotions, Food, Fun and Family and Discipline – “To Teach.” All workshops are free of charge and include child care and other incentives.

For more information on all programs and services offered by the City of Richmond Early Childhood Development, contact Program Coordinator: Karen Christian: (804) 646-3601 or karen.christian@richmondgov.com

Program Manager Early Childhood Initiative: Rose Stith Singleton: (804) 646-3784 or rose.singleton@richmondgov.com

Home Visitation / Casa Visitas

We strengthen and expand the impact of FREE home visiting services by increasing the number of at-risk families enrolled in home visiting programs, strengthening relationships between home visiting agencies, providing additional training to home visitors, and operating the Richmond Home Visiting Referral Center that matches families with a home visiting program that best meets their needs.

The Richmond Home Visiting Referral Center for a brochure and application.

  • Brochure                    Application
  • Comuníquese con el Centro de Referencia de Visitas al Hogar de la Ciudad de Richmond al (804) 646-3601 para pedir un folleto y un formulario de solicitud.

  • Brochure                    Application
  • For more information on all program and services offered by the City of Richmond Early Childhood Development, contact Program Coordinator: Karen Christian: (804) 646-3601 or karen.christian@richmondgov.com

    Program Manager Early Childhood Initiative: Rose Stith Singleton: (804)646-3784 or rose.singleton@richmondgov.com

    Contact Information:

    Social Services
    City of Richmond
    Marshall Plaza Building
    900 E. Marshall St.
    Richmond, VA
    23219 USA
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    Customer Care Center:
    Call 3-1-1

    Locations:

    East Richmond:
    East District Center
    701 North 25th Street
    Richmond, VA 23223-6539
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    Downtown:
    Marshall Plaza Building
    900 East Marshall Street
    Richmond, VA 23219-1538
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    South Richmond:
    Southside Community Service Center
    4100 Hull Street Road
    Richmond, VA 23224-1745
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