Community Outreach

School-based Programs

(757) 668-7000

CHKD is proud to partner with each of the public school districts in Hampton Roads, as well as several private schools, to provide education to students, staff and parents through special assembly programs, PTA meetings and school fairs.

CHKD On Tour: A free school-based program for first graders 

CHKD staff members will visit your school to present a 40-minute program designed for first graders to demonstrate what to expect if they ever need to visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital. This program helps to reduce the fear and anxiety children may experience when visiting a medical facility. 

The CHKD On Tour program introduces children to the hospital setting using fun and interactive activities that include a short video and medical play. The program reinforces that CHKD is a friendly place filled with professionals who want to help them get well. In addition, the CHKD transport unit (ambulance) can be available on-site for students to visit the day of the presentation. The program is typically presented for two classes at a time with a maximum of 55 students for each tour session. It can be presented two to four times during one tour day, depending on your first-grade enrollment.

Each student will be given a souvenir bag to take home and share with their parents. The bag includes an SOL-aligned publication Healthy Bear Goes to the Hospital,  a pencil, bandage dispenser, sticker and additional educational material.

To request the free CHKD On Tour program for your first-grade students, call Sam Fabian at (757) 668-7402, email her at or download the request form and send it back using the instructions on the form. Program availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and can be scheduled September through June.

CHKD is a Partner in Education with the following Virginia Beach City Schools/Programs:


CHKD received the 2010 Model Partnership Award from Virginia Beach City Schools and the 2010 Virginia Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Services Outstanding Business Industry Award.

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