Family Connections Newsletter

Goochland County Public Schools | January 2023

Preschool Applications

Goochland County Public Schools offers preschool programs at each of its three elementary schools. We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. You can learn more about our program offerings and apply here.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Waggener at 804-556-5625 or

Mindfulness: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Practice

Join the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation for February's installment of Conversations with CKG. This free webinar will discuss the many benefits of mindfulness and how teens and parents can use these practices to benefit their mental health. The webinar will take place on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2023 at 7pm. Register here.

Live Vape Free VA

Did you know? E-cigarettes/vapes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the U.S. and in Virginia. Other tobacco products youth may use include cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, nicotine pouches and synthetic nicotine products.

Nicotine in any form is highly addictive. If you talk to youth early and often about substance use, including tobacco and nicotine, they are more likely to respect your rules and advice.

Support youth in quitting tobacco for good. Most youth who vape or use tobacco products want to quit. Download a guide to talking to youth about vaping at Live Vape Free VA: Youth can text VapeFreeVA to 873-373 to get support.

Virtual Family Assistance Center

Looking for support with food or clothing for your family? Do you need assistance locating community and mental health resources? Goochland Schools is working with various organizations to provide our families in need with school supplies, food, clothing, and other needs. Click here for more information.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. The training teaches necessary skills to provide initial help and support to those developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis.

Members of the GCPS mental health team are offering free trainings to any Goochland resident on March 20th and April 10th (10:00am-4:00pm) at the secondary complex. If you would like to sign up please reach out to Danielle Bettin ( or Ashley Lawson (

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