Richmond has many low-income families struggling to meet their basic needs. They have children who face hunger, high mobility, and unstable relationships. They are unsure how to prioritize their children’s development; and live in concentrated high poverty neighborhoods with limited opportunities or resources. They remain in poverty throughout generations, lost when trying to navigate the confusing maze of available services.

Having no one to turn to for help, they often give up, even while wanting a better life for themselves and their children. That’s where the Partnership for Families comes in. We help these families find their way.

At the Partnership for Families (PFF) we believe that families must have their core needs met to help them achieve a basic level of financial stability. This in turn allows them to provide a supportive environment for the successful development of their young children as they prepare to enter kindergarten.

At PFF, we work with vulnerable families in three areas:

  1. core needs – transportation, affordable housing, child care, health care and more.

  2. family economic success – income, savings and asset building.

  3. early childhood development – early literacy, parent literacy and parenting skills.


  4. PFF primarily works with low-income parents of children ages 0-5 in the 27 neighborhoods within Richmond, Virginia’s Northside. To reach children as early as possible, we place a particular emphasis on infants and toddlers ages prenatal to three years. We also support families with older children up to third grade and families who may request services from other areas in the city.

    There is no one program or organization that provides all of the answers for underserved families to support their young children and prepare them for kindergarten. Through our collaborative partnership, we are able to increase opportunities and reduce barriers for young children in vulnerable families so they are healthy and ready to start kindergarten on-time and ready to learn.

Photo courtesy of Chris Cunningham

Photo courtesy of Chris Cunningham