We nurture and educate children and their families.
For nearly 40 years, the Children’s Center has helped children and families in Western Tidewater learn, grow, and thrive. As a nonprofit organization, we offer a continuum of care, from pregnancy through preschool, to support our families during the crucial early childhood years. We view our role as partnering with parents to support the healthy development of their children.
Each year, our programs serve hundreds of children and their families at our childcare centers and through in-home care. Our centers provide inclusive settings where children of all abilities play and learn together. We celebrate the diversity of our Western Tidewater community, knowing that we are stronger together.
By the numbers
Families served annually
Annual return on investment*
How We Help Families
We believe parents are their child’s best first teachers. And we know strong early development helps children thrive later in life. So we support families with a holistic range of services, from prenatal care for pregnant moms to comprehensive child care and preschool.
We offer family-centered care to further the health and education of children from infancy to preschool at our centers, in our families’ homes, and in our community. We also provide early intervention and pediatric therapy services for children with developmental delays or disabilities. Some programs are available at no- or low-cost to eligible families.
Our educational childcare centers focus on developing the “whole child”—socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our low child-teacher ratios allow our qualified staff to help each individual child explore and grow. Available to children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
Early Head Start
Our Early Head Start program promotes children’s development by supporting pregnant moms and young children through center-based or home-based care. Available at no cost to qualifying pregnant women and families with children under the age of 3.
Our Head Start program promotes children’s school readiness by offering center-based preschool that fosters early learning and family well-being. Available at no cost to children ages 3 to 5 from qualifying families.
Early Intervention & Pediatric Therapy
We offer early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and pediatric therapy services up to age 21. Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and more.
From investment to impact
We know that investing in quality early childhood education can lead to life-changing advantages for children, particularly ones from lower-income families: increased graduation rates, decreased rates of depression and cardiovascular disease, increased rates of employment, among others.
It can also have major implications beyond the individual. Recent research shows that every dollar we put into high-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children yields an average return of $13 a year (based on increased school and career achievement and a decreased reliance on social and health interventions later in life). Quality early childhood education doesn’t impact children alone—it impacts our society as a whole for generations.
As a nonprofit, we’re guided by a dedicated team of board members and staff who work tirelessly on behalf of the families we serve.
Darrell T. Partlow
V. Tracy Savage
We can’t do it alone. The Children’s Center gratefully relies on federal, state, and local partners for funding, rating, auditing, training, research, and other services. Here is a sampling of our key partners:
The Children’s Center branches out from Edmarc Hospice for Children, serving 63 children in its first year.
The Children’s Center moves into its first building in Franklin.
A second center, the Texie Marks Camp Children’s Center, opens in Franklin.
The Children’s Center receives its first federal Early Head Start grant to serve 100 disadvantaged families.
The Early Head Start program expands to serve 256 infants and toddlers.
The Children’s Center becomes the Head Start grantee for Western Tidewater, allowing it to serve more than 250 children ages 3-5.