The Planning Council has been helping families and children in need for nearly three-quarters of a century.  Through planning, community outreach, and responsive program development, our team has made it their business to know where to go for what services.  We don’t provide all of the services and resources, but we connect you to the agencies and organizations that do.

The Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program is a partnership between the U.S. Navy, Child Care Aware of America, and The Planning Council for qualified families in the greater Hampton Roads area.  If you’re a Military family in need of Respite Care so you can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just take a break while knowing that your child is well cared for, The Planning Council is your source.




The Planning Council’s Respite team with Jo Ann Short, President/CEO, and Tomika Pitts Jones, Respite Manager, center back.

How We Can Help

Whether you’re looking for affordable, quality childcare, resources and training in parenting, nutrition and wellness, Universal Screening – assessments and outreach for at-risk children, housing and supportive services, The Planning Council helps you find the right resources.

The Planning Council also supports United Way’s MISSION UNITED program supporting U.S. military veterans and their families as they re-acclimate to civilian life and 2-1-1 Virginia, a free 24/7 confidential referral and information service that connects people from all communities and of all ages to the essential health and human services they need.

Are You...

... A Navy Family in need of EFMP Respite Care?
Respite Care for Military Families
The Planning Council can connect you to qualified providers through the Navy or Air Force Exception Family Member Program (EFMP).
... Looking for Parenting Resources?
... Looking for Parenting Resources?
For parents and families looking to learn more about good parenting check out our calendar of trainings and events you can attend.
... Experiencing a Housing Crisis?
... Experiencing a Housing Crisis?
The Planning Council works closely with agencies, nonprofits, and government entities across Southeastern Virginia to help prevent homelessness and provide housing to those at risk of becoming homeless.
... Looking for Nutrition & Wellness Resources?
... Looking for Nutrition & Wellness Resources?
Learn about our Nutrition and Wellness programs and find links to online resources to help your children grow up strong and healthy.

 … Looking for Help, But Not Sure Where to Turn?

When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia, Maryland and DC. 2-1-1 provides access to services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services online at each of the regional 2-1-1 websites linked below.

2-1-1 Virginia is a service of the Virginia Department of Social Services provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services, The Planning Council, the United Way of Central Virginia, and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.