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Pregnant and Expecting

New Baby/Parent Classes

What to Expect - - this is a trusted resource that has guided expectant adults through pregnancy for many generations. Guided calendars of what to expect plus a community of support are available. is a resource for parenting for all ages in multiple areas.

New Baby/Parent Classes

Locally CHKD offers many parenting classes to support parents. Visit to see the resources and programs available. Baby 101 is for new or expectant parents who are looking for a pediatric provider.

Sentara also provides classes for expectant and new parents. Visit for more information.

Home Visiting & Centralized Intake – The Planning Council - Since 2012, The Planning Council, with support from the Virginia Department of Health, has coordinated Home Visiting Centralized Intake in order to improve access to maternal, infant, and childhood home visiting programs. The CI system better coordinates linkages to a variety of services across South Hampton Roads for expecting and new mothers. At the program’s core is a behavioral health screening tool, which quickly identifies pregnant and postpartum women at risk for mental health, substance abuse, smoking, and interpersonal violence. Overall, the program ensures that comprehensive services, benefits programs, and a variety of community resources are identified that improve the quality of life for both parents and children.

Minus 9 to 5 - A child GROWS, DEVELOPS, and LEARNS from the time a wom

an discovers she’s pregnant through the child’s fifth birthday. Preparing Hampton Roads' families from CONCEPTION TO KINDERGARTEN is exactly why Minus 9 to 5 exists.

Minus 9 to 5 unites a variety of COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS dedicated to improving the lives of our region’s youngest residents and their families. Learn how Virginia residents and organizations—from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach—have joined together to ALIGN and COORDINATE PROGRAMS and services focused on young children and their families.

Sleep Tight Hampton Roads - Sleeptight Hampton Roads is dedicated to keeping babies sleeping safely. We strongly believe our entire community can work together to offer support, education, and resources so no more babies die from preventable unsafe sleep. Visit their website resource page for video’s and printable materials

Kinship Navigator Program - More than 2.5 million children currently are being raised by their grandparents and other relatives, both formally through the child welfare system and informally through private family arrangements. When these caregivers take on this responsibility, they often receive little to no financial support or advice regarding how to navigate the many systems they might need to access to meet the needs of the children in their care. While some child protection agencies are shifting toward a “kin first” culture and practice that prioritizes supporting kin caregivers, many still get lost in the competing demands of workers. Kinship navigator programs help fill that gap by providing caregivers with information, education, and referrals to a wide range of services and supports. The Navigator’s goal is to maximize the caregivers’ ability to provide safety and stability and, if needed, permanency for the children placed in their home.

Gloria A. Walker, M.A.
Kinship Navigator
Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
Housing Resource Center
104B N. Witchduck Road
Suite 316
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 385-3636

Parenting Classes for All Ages

Parenting Classes for All Ages

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.
Phone: (757) 467-7707
Address: 4855 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Services: Cooperative Parenting (Mediation), Pre-Marital Classes, Counseling, Consumer Credit Counseling, Anger Management, Adoption Services, Short-Term Foster Care
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Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Phone: (757) 668-7500 or (757) 668-9304
Address: 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk VA 23507
Services: Offer a variety of free parenting classes in the Hampton Roads area.
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Fleet and Family Support Services
Phone: (757) 433-2912 or (757) 462-7563
Address: 1896 Laser Road, Suite 120, Virginia Beach, VA 23460
Services: Available Only to Military Personnel and their Families. Parenting Assistance for Military Families, Toddler Time for Children 1 to 2.5-years-old, New Parent Support, Talking to Your Children about Divorce, etc.

Mediation Center of Hampton Roads
Phone: (757) 624-6666
Address: 424 W. 21st Street, Norfolk, VA 23517
Services: Cooperative Co-Parenting seminars for adults who are in conflict with a co-parent concerning their children.

Positive Parenting
Phone: (757) 962-2112 ext. 18
Services: Parent Education Programs to Teach Parenting Skills, Interactive Video Learning for Parents. Single women and women with children receive emergency shelter, food, and clothing in our Family Shelter. Our caring staff helps them to find jobs and permanent housing.

Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
Phone: (757) 437-3400
Address: 3432 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Services: Financial Assistance, Social Services (Child Protective Services), Mental Health Services, Adoption, Foster Care, Assessments, and Referrals.
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Military One Source

Social-Emotional Resources for Families and Professionals:

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - A directory of resources for residents of Greater Hampton Roads operated by ForKids.

May 2021

Housing Crisis Hotline

Housing Crisis Hotline
A Resource for Those Experiencing a Housing Crisis in Greater Hampton Roads.
Toll-free: (866) 750-4431
(757) 587-4202