Hospital Education Program

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Our Hospital Education Program (HEP) is a state-operated program and partnership between UVA Children's, Charlottesville City Schools and the Virginia Department of Education.

HEP offers:

  • Inpatient services for children (0-21 years of age), beginning the first day of admission
  • Access for children who are seen in our outpatient clinics for extended periods of time. Four of our HEP consultants serve numerous outpatient children and provide a vital link between our clinics and your child's school.

Program Faculty

Our staff includes:

  • 13 Master’s level educators
  • A media specialist
  • An art therapist

Goals of the Program

The program aims to:

  • Function as a school within UVA Children's
  • Promote normalcy by focusing on the healthy aspects of a child’s everyday life — school, play and special events
  • Help students apply for special education if they're suspected of having a disability
  • Encourage creative expression by offering art therapy
  • Serve as a liaison between UVA Children's and children's home schools, working with more than 110 local school divisions across Virginia