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The Henrico Education Foundation strengthens public education by advancing innovative programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement.


All schools are strong.
All students are prepared.

Through a dynamic public-private partnership with Henrico County Public Schools — the commonwealth’s eighth largest school division — HEF serves more than 48,000 students in 72 educational facilities. Since its formation, the foundation has provided more than $9.7 million in direct funding affecting more than 600,000 students, teachers, parents and guardians across Henrico County. The Henrico Education Foundation funds creative instructional approaches with strong academic goals that directly address the opportunity gap and provides resources for teachers to support the most challenged schools. The foundation’s unique role is vital to meeting the educational needs of our community’s children while providing partnership opportunities for businesses, community leaders and citizens to directly impact public schools.

For almost three decades, HEF has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of our community’s children. As a foundation, we do more than just provide additional funding for public education, we are innovators working in partnership with parents, teachers and administrators, continually identifying and developing initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement. Our program and funding priorities focus on implementing research-based initiatives that enhance learning in the classroom, create best practices and complement the Henrico County Public Schools’ (HCPS) improvement plans. We support all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student the support and resources they need for success.

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Key Focus Areas

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Community Learning Centers (CLC)

  • Community Learning Centers (CLC) is a strategy to improve student learning and build stronger families and healthier communities.

  • Using school facilities as a hub to deliver programs and services, the CLC brings together a wide variety of community partners offering a range of support to students, families, and the community.

  • HEF’s CLC Initiative began in collaboration with HCPS in 2015 and now has four sites: Glen Lea Elementary, Laburnum Elementary, Ratcliffe Elementary, and Wilder Middle.

  • CLC has grown from serving 80 to more than 200 students and their families!

Early Learning Programs

  • Henrico Mixed Delivery — Increases access to early learning for eligible Henrico Pre-K and 3-year old students at private childcare centers for those unable to attend HCPS programs due to limited space.

  • Regional Mixed Delivery — Under HEF’s leadership, in partnership with Smart Beginnings, this regional initiative supports students in Richmond City, Chesterfield and Henrico for a 24-month program.

  • Preschool Development Grant — Will strengthen kindergarten readiness by increasing the number of Henrico childcare centers that meet state requirements through upgrading curriculum and teacher training.

Innovative Grants

  • HEF’s signature grant program awards projects that are creative and have specific measurable outcomes.

  • Past grants include future-ready classroom make-overs, 3-D maker tools, tower gardens, Trout in the Classroom, and student literacy projects.

  • Funding priorities support school and division goals in areas such as literacy, social emotional learning and life-ready skills.

  • Innovative Grant funding has grown more than 700% in the past 6 years!