VCU Health System Child Care at Northside provides early learning experiences for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Designed to nurture essential physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, the program is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and implements a philosophy that encourages children, families and teachers to be partners in learning. Through careful observation and investigation of the children’s interests, our teachers create an environment supportive of research and learning. VCUHS Child Care at Northside currently holds accreditation with National Association For Education of Young Children , a distinction held by only 7% of early childhood centers nationwide, and a 4 Star Rating with Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

VCU-HS Child Care

The Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative helps to ensure Richmond’s children, ages birth to 5, are healthy and enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. ECDI’s free programs and assistance to parents and caregivers include parenting education; finding and procuring quality child care; and home visiting referrals that meet the needs of the client.


Commonwealth Parenting empowers parents to be the best parents they can be through education, information and support. The family educators are committed to helping families thrive, offering hands-on instruction on a wide-range of topics through classroom and private session settings, as well as our Parenting Hotline (804-545-1928).

Commonwealth Parenting

Family Lifeline’s Parent Educators work in partnership with families who are pregnant or have children ages 0-5 to strengthen overall wellbeing and independence by delivering intensive home based services. Our goals include promoting positive parent-child interactions, educating parents about child development, supporting families in securing a medical home, providing mental health support, and helping parents prepare their children to enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Family Lifeline

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, facilitated by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and the Greater Richmond Chamber, is a local coalition of public and private organizations, businesses, and citizens working together to ensure that the region’s children enter school healthy, well-cared for, and ready to succeed in school and in life. It operates on the premise that when children from birth to age 5 have quality early childhood experiences, the whole community benefits.

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond

The mission of the Richmond Public Library is to inform, enrich, and empower Richmond's residents: to enrich lives and expand opportunities for all citizens by promoting reading and the active use of cultural, intellectual, and information resources through a dedication to excellence and professional service. In addition to books, e-books, recorded books and DVD's, all Library locations offer programs and classes, meeting room use, wireless Internet access, and public use PCs. Fax service is available at each library for a fee to send faxes (not receive); notary service is available at each library (please call to make sure the registered notary is available). The Library's dedicated staff is always ready to assist you in making use of all library resources.

Richmond Public Library