Community Impact Across Borders

The Planning Council serves as a regional resource by helping communities throughout Hampton Roads implement effective strategies for those issues that cut across jurisdictional boundaries. We administer a variety of local, state and federal programs to bring the highest quality of care to children and families in our communities and advocate for initiatives that benefit the region.

  • We offer training to over 600 childcare providers; help parents locate quality childcare; and advocate and support safe, affordable and quality care for all children.
  • By facilitating the USDA’s food program, we ensure that each year approximately 16,000 children across Virginia, Maryland, and DC have nutritious meals while they are at day care.
  • We also implement the screening of newborns at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to identify behavioral health risks and help those families find the support services they need to raise safe, healthy and happy babies. Last year we consulted with 665 families that resulted in 815 referrals for home visiting and other community services.
  • We continue to expand our Military Respite program, which connects nearly 700 special needs children each year with in-home respite care.
  • Our experienced staff trains nearly 500 people annually in suicide prevention and other mental health first aid programs.
  • Each year we help between 130 and 150 at-risk families avoid homelessness by providing short-term prevention funding.
  • Our housing broker team identifies rental units in the region that are affordable to those with extremely low incomes. Last year we found nearly 4,200 units available to those most in need.

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New Initiatives



Farm2Childcare (F2CC), our new program, is grant funded by the Obici Healthcare Foundation and services the Suffolk and Western Tidewater areas of Virginia. The goals of the program are to get more preschool aged children eating fresher, local produce which will decrease childhood obesity and hunger while increasing the local economy.  It is our goal to create connections between local produce farmers and local childcare programs.  Each program’s F2CC activity is established on an individualized basis.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved please email at

Coordinated Home Visiting Intake

In 2012, The Planning Council, with support from the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Commonwealth University, was selected as one of four pilot sites across the state to improve access to maternal, infant, and childhood home visiting programs.  The centralized intake system better coordinates linkages to a variety of services across South Hampton Roads for expecting and new mothers.

Overall, the program ensures that comprehensive services and benefits programs are identified that improve the quality of life for both parents and children.

Find out more: Call 757-622-9268 or email

Case Studies

Homeless Prevention Program in Action

A family of five came to the Homeless Prevention Program through Virginia Beach’s coordinated assessment and referral center – Connection Point. The family encountered a crisis when they had to take immediate custody of their young grandchild. They couldn’t afford childcare and free care though Head Start wasn’t immediately available. So, this two-income household dropped to one in order to care for the child.

The other parent was able to subsidize the loss of full-time income with a part-time, evening job, but it wasn’t enough. Their finances became much more difficult to manage, substantially impacting their housing stability. The family fell behind in paying essential bills, ultimately putting them at risk of homelessness.

The Planning Council’s Homeless Prevention Program stepped in with short-term financial assistance and case management services, helping the family overcome the immediate crisis and avoid homelessness. In just a little over four months both adults are working full-time, their grandchild is in daycare, and they live on a budget they can afford. And, while they still struggle, the immediate risk of homelessness no longer threatens their family.

The Planning Council's Annual Report

To learn more about The Planning Council’s accomplishments and activities, please read our 2015-2016 Annual Report.