Pregnant and parenting families with children under the age of 5 years who reside in the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth are eligible to participate in our parent education support services. Program services are free and voluntary. Families are enrolled during pregnancy or within 3 years of the child’s birth and may continue until the child enters Kindergarten. Families are encouraged to participate for at least 24 months.
91% of children in the program received annual developmental screens
100% of children in the program with identified delays received early intervention services and support
Michael has over 10 years of experience serving the children and families of Hampton Roads as a minister, tutor, case manager, and Fatherhood Coordinator. He began his professional career as a Case Manager with The Up Center’s Responsible Fatherhood program after earning his undergraduate degree in Social Work. After earning his M.Div., Michael returned to The Up Center in 2022 as the agency’s first male Parent Educator in our Parents As Teachers program.
Katie is the Family Support Specialist for Healthy Families, which serves the families of Norfolk from prenatal care until their child is five years old. Katie has been in the Early Childhood field for almost 20 years, working with families and children from birth to age 12. She loves being part of children’s lives and partnering with families to support their child’s growth and development.
Location:1805 Airline Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: (757) 397-2121
Fax: (757) 399-3316
Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday- Friday
Our clients often need additional support. Below is a list of items that are needed year round and during the holidays. You can also visit our Amazon Wish List for a list of items frequently requested by families, including items for children.
Year Round (NEW items only please):
Back to School (NEW items only please)
We are committed to partnering with children, families, and communities to improve lives and outcomes through prevention, intervention, and support services.