Infant Education

Infant educator speaking to and touching head and feet of a NICU baby who is on a warming table.

The Hospital Education Program (HEP) provides infant services throughout the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, including the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) , the 7th floor of University Hospital, and the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.  Focused on helping babies and toddlers grow and learn, services include individual sessions as well as play groups.  With parent permission the child's play, language, and social and motor development may be assessed.  Referral to a community-based early intervention program can be made when appropriate. 

For infants who require long hospital stays, the infant educator may offer to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with the family and hospital team.  The IFSP includes a summary of the child's development and other information that will assist in the transition to community-based services. 

All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.