Positive Parenting

Dear Chesterfield County parents,

Every parent wants to raise happy and healthy children that grow to be successful adults. As a father, I know that we all need a little help from time to time and may appreciate easy access to helpful parenting information. Family, friends and professionals can often be of assistance, but sometimes finding parenting resources can also be a challenge.

Chesterfield County has created this website as a useful way to connect you to parenting resources. Whether you’re looking to find quality child care for your infant or learning how to deal with teen issues, we hope you find this website helpful.

We believe informed and supported parents will better achieve the goal of raising children who reach their full potential as productive citizens.

Dr. Joseph P. Casey
County Administrator

Parenting Education and Prevention Programs

Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services offers parenting education and prevent programs for all varieties of families and caregivers.

Parenting Guides

  1. Birth - Age 5
  2. Ages 5-10
  3. Ages 11-13
  4. Ages 14-18

Birth - Age 5

From the first day of life to the first day of kindergarten, children grow faster than any other time in their lives. The first five years of life literally shape how the brain gets built, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.

Behavior and Discipline

Child Care

Developmental Stages

  • PBS Parents - Learn the milestones of your child’s first five years

Early Education and Learning

Health, Nutrition and Safety

  • Healthy Children - Answers to many health questions that new parents have
  • Kids Health - Learn what you need to know about raising a healthy family


Social and Emotional Development

  • RVA Basics - Five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life
  • Zero to Three - Because early experiences matter

Positive Parenting Coalition

The Positive Parenting Coalition's mission is to educate, support and empower professionals and the community to assist families in achieving their full potential. The coalition is comprised of the following partners:

  1. Chesterfield
  2. Colonial Heights
  3. Greater Richmond Community

Chesterfield County Coalition Members