Welcome to HCPS Family and Community Engagement

The Family and Community Engagement, or FACE Department, is committed to building resource rich school communities, bridging high impact collaborations and partnerships, and boosting transformative family engagement. As the “FACE” of HCPS we pride ourselves on genuine connections and relationships with our families.

Info for the COVID-19 Response Fund

It is the single act of compassion of several caring individuals that amplifies the power of collective impact.

During crisis situations such as fires, floods, tornadoes, pandemics and government shutdowns, we work closely with county and state interdepartmental agencies and community partners to provide emergency resources to students and their families. We are currently responding to the coronavirus pandemic and your support will make the difference. Please contribute to our COVID-19 response fund which will allow us to stay nimble and responsive as we anticipate the varied needs of our families.


We build relationships and resource-rich school communities.

Our team is responsive to the unique needs of our diverse magisterial districts. Family advocates are based in several of our schools to ensure that the right to achieve for all Henrico students is a priority.


We bridge high-impact collaborations and partnerships.

Understanding that it takes a village, we seek and secure partnerships with entities that best benefit our students, staff and families. Strategic collaborations enhance our learning communities and the educational experiences of our learners.


We boost integrated family involvement and engagement.

With a focus on fun and informative programming opportunities, we aim to support families by supporting their young people and their schools. In addition, we have a family-focused approach, often weaving family voices throughout our processes and decision-making.

Bridge Builders Academy

Henrico County Public Schools’ Bridge Builders Academy features virtual gatherings and discussions on a host of topics — many related to predominantly virtual learning. Our “Community Conversations” panel discussions about racial equity and change was a popular and powerful addition to the series. The Bridge Builders Academy is presented by HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement and the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center. Check out videos of past sessions at our Bridge Builders Academy page, where you’ll also find details about upcoming sessions. For more information about the Family And Educator Resource Center, visit the center’s webpage.

Big Blue Bus

Big Blue

Our mobile resource delivery system, affectionately known as Big Blue, is our school division’s rolling resource center. Since its debut in July 2017, Big Blue has built community and brought resources to students and families, including books, “make-and-take” resources, information regarding exceptional education and other need-based resources. Find Big Blue at events throughout the county, ranging from open houses and literacy nights to summer events and parades. If you’d like to volunteer at one of these events, please complete this form.


Community Learning Center hubs

Our Community Learning Center initiative leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Henrico County Public Schools has partnered with the Henrico Education Foundation to transform schools into hubs where children and families have onsite support from community partners at their disposal. CLC hubs provide an integrated focus on academics, health services, social services, youth and community development, and community engagement. The hubs provide a wealth of opportunities and resources to give students and parents the tools they need to learn and grow.

Our current CLC hub sites — Glen Lea and Ratcliffe elementary schools, and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School — offer personalized curricula that emphasize real-world learning and community problem-solving. What are some of the benefits of Community Learning Center hubs?

  • Students attend school more consistently.
  • Students succeed academically.
  • Students are actively involved in learning.
  • Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education.
  • Schools are engaged with families and communities.
  • Students live and learn in a safe, supportive and stable environment.
  • Communities prosper and become more desirable places to live.



New Bridge Learning Center

Adrienne Cole Johnson,
Director of Family Engagement

Debora Ringgold,
Family Engagement Coordinator

Van-Neisha Johnson,
Community Engagement Coordinator

Diane Cotman,
Lead Family Advocate

Syble Pemberton,
Lead Family Advocate

Leroy Adams,
Lead Family Advocate

Alexis Simms,
Family Resource Facilitator

Terry Talbott,

Family and Community Engagement
1001 N. Laburnum Avenue
Henrico, Va. 23223
Adrienne Cole Johnson, Chief