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About Us

Purpose and goals of agency

Places and Programs for Children, Inc. is a non-profit certified United Way agency whose mission is to improve the lives of children and families through comprehensive quality early care and education services. Since its founding in 1911 the agency has developed into a multi-faceted organization that operates its early childhood programs as models of excellence in child care services for infants and children of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds; trains child care personnel; advocates for the well-being of young children; and educates parents and the community on elements of quality child care and strategies to foster healthy families.

There is a 21 volunteer member board that oversees the agency. The Board of Directors review fiscal, personnel, and parent policies. Over 130 professionally trained staff members provide programs in the centers that are planned based on the knowledge of how children grow and develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Children bring their special strengths, needs, patterns of growth, and experiences daily. Each is treated as an individual. Staff develop a partnership with parents. Parents participate in special events and are always welcome visitors in our programs. This partnership offers parents and staff the opportunity to provide the best program for their children.


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Dear Parents!

Need to take your child in for a physical? Now, you can download the form right here on Children's Harbor Website!

Click here to download the School Entrance Form.

If you have any questions, please contact your center director.

Our History

  • Norfolk Day Nursery 1911-1975
  • Day Care & Child Development Centers of Tidewater, Inc. 1975-1990
  • Early Works, Inc. 1990-1994
  • Tidewater Child Care Association 1974-1994
  • Children's Harbor 1994-Present

Our Location

Children’s Harbor Chesapeake
2400 Strawberry Lane
Chesapeake VA 23324-3113
(757) 543-4221

Children’s Harbor Ghent
1900 Llewellyn Avenue
Norfolk VA 23517-2233
(757) 622-0900

Children’s Harbor Olde Towne
620 London Street
Portsmouth VA 23704-2402
(757) 397-2980

Children’s Harbor Suffolk
1020 Champions Way
Suffolk VA 23435-3728
(757) 483-2693