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Albemarle County & Charlottesville Early Education & Care Programs

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Search the directory below for early childhood care and education programs in Albemarle County & Charlottesville. Please contact us at (434) 326-5396 or help@go2grow.com if you need assistance. For a full list of documents required before applying, click here.

Residency-Based Free & Reduced-Cost Programs and Funding

Local Public School Preschool Programs require residency within that district to be eligible. Head Start/ Early Head Start programs also have varying residency requirements based on the program. Be prepared to submit proof of residency for these programs. Learn more.

Albemarle County Public Schools Preschool (Bright Stars)

Age
4
Cost
Free
Hour
School Day
Busing
Yes in zone
School Year
K-12 Calendar
Meal
Yes, may be additional fee
Residency Required
Yes
  • Agnor-Hurt Elementary Bright Stars Preschool Program
  • Baker Butler Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Broadus Wood Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Brownsville Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Hollymead Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Mary Carr Greer Elementary Bright Stars Preschool Program
  • Mountain View Elementary Bright Stars and ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Red Hill Elementary Bright Stars Preschool Program
  • Scottsville Elementary Bright Stars Preschool Program
  • Stone Robinson Elementary Bright Stars and ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Stony Point Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Virginia L. Murray Elementary ECSE Inclusion Preschool Program
  • Woodbrook Elementary Bright Stars Preschool Program
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Charlottesville City Public Schools Preschool

Age
3 - 4
Cost
Free
Hour
School Day
Busing
Yes in zone
School Year
K-12 Calendar
Meal
Yes
Residency Required
Yes
  • Burnley-Moran Elementary Preschool Program
  • Clark (Summit) Elementary Preschool Program
  • Greenbrier Elementary Preschool Program
  • Jackson-Via Elementary Preschool Program
  • Johnson Elementary Preschool Program
  • Venable (Trailblazers) Elementary Preschool Program
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Early Head Start

Age
0 - 2
Cost
Free
Hour
School Day
Busing
No
School Year
K-12 Calendar
Meal
Yes
Residency Required
In CDI Service Area
  • CDI Early Head Start at Park Street Center
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Head Start

Age
3 - 4
Cost
Free
Hour
School Day
Busing
Varies
School Year
K-12 Calendar
Meal
Yes
Residency Required
In CDI Service Area
  • CDI Head Start at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School
  • CDI Head Start at Crozet Elementary 
  • CDI Head Start at Park Street Center
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Non-Residency-Based Free & Reduced-Cost Mixed Delivery Program

The Mixed Delivery program provides publicly funded Early Childhood Care and Education(ECCE) services in licensed (non-faith-based), private ECCE settings for children who have been identified as at-risk for entering kindergarten without the necessary social and academic skills for success. The program addresses the growing demand for publicly-funded ECCE in non-school-based settings that meet the needs of families. Mixed Delivery ECCE sites have many of the same quality features as the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) programs. While residency within a county is not required, you must be a Virginia resident. Learn more. Guardians in the household must be working unless extenuating circumstances prevent so.

Mixed Delivery Program at Early Childhood Education Centers

Age
0 - 4
Cost
Free or Small Copay
Hour
Full Day
Busing
No
School Year
Year Round
Meal
Varies
Residency Required
No

Albemarle County & Charlottesville

Albemarle & Charlottesville
  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA
Surrounding Area:
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center – Louisa

Buckingham

There are no current sites in Buckingham County, but you can apply for  the following locations in surrounding counties:

  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps

Fluvanna

Fluvanna County:
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps
Surrounding Area:
  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development Center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA 
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center

Greene

There are no current sites in Greene County, but you can apply for  the following locations in surrounding counties

  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA 
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center- Louisa
  • Page | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center

Harrisonburg & Rockingham

  • Harrisonburg | Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center
  • Harrisonburg | Young Children’s Program
  • Harrisonburg | Tots N Toyland
  • Harrisonburg | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center
  • Page | Charlie’s Guiding Light
  • Rockingham | Plains Area Daycare Center
  • Rockingham | Lil’ Bloomers Daycare
  • Shenandoah | Little Angel
  • Shenandoah | Community Care and Learning
  • Shenandoah | Gwen’s Day Home

Louisa

Louisa County:
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center- Louisa
Surrounding Counties
  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps

Madison

There are no current participating sites in Madison County, but you can apply for locations in surrounding areas.

  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA 
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center- Louisa
  • Page | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center
  • Staunton | Community Child Care

Nelson

There are no current Mixed Delivery Centers in Nelson County, but you can apply for the following locations in surrounding counties.

  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development Center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA
  • Waynesboro | Waynesboro YMCA

Frederick Co, Clarke Co, Winchester

In Winchester, Frederick, or Clarke:
  • Winchester | Tee Spot Learning Center
  • Winchester | Childhaven Preschool and Daycare LLC
  • Winchester | Fremont Street Nursery
In Surrounding Counties:
  • Rappahannock | The Child Care and Learning Center

Orange

Orange County
  • Jupiter Learning Center– Locust Grove
Surrounding Counties
  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA
  • Fluvanna | Natural Steps
  • Louisa | Jupiter Learning Center- Louisa

Page

Page County:
  • Page | Charlie’s Guiding Light
Surrounding Area:
  • Harrisonburg | Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center
  • Harrisonburg | Young Children’s Program
  • Harrisonburg | Tots N Toyland
  • Harrisonburg | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center
  • Rockingham | Plains Area Daycare Center
  • Rockingham | Lil’ Bloomers Daycare
  • Shenandoah | Little Angel
  • Shenandoah | Community Care and Learning
  • Shenandoah | Gwen’s Day Home
  • Winchester | Tee Spot Learning Center
  • Winchester | Childhaven Preschool and Daycare LLC
  • Winchester | Fremont Street Nursery

Rappahannock

Rappahannock County:
  • Rappahannock | The Child Care and Learning Center
Surrounding Area:
  • Winchester | Tee Spot Learning Center
  • Winchester | Childhaven Preschool and Daycare LLC
  • Winchester | Fremont Street Nursery

Shenandoah

Shenandoah County
  • Shenandoah | Little Angel
  • Shenandoah | Community Care and Learning
  • Shenandoah | Gwen’s Day Home
Surrounding Area:
  • Harrisonburg | Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Center
  • Harrisonburg | JMU Young Children’s Program
  • Harrisonburg | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center
  • Page | Charlie’s Guiding Light
  • Rockingham I Agape Center for Care
  • Rockingham | Plains Area Daycare Center
  • Rockingham | Lil’ Bloomers Daycare
  • Rockingham I Tots N’ Toyland
  • Shenandoah | Little Angel
  • Shenandoah | Community Care and Learning
  • Shenandoah | Gwen’s Day Home

Staunton, Augusta Co, Waynesboro (SAW)

Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro:
  • Augusta | Bison Beginnings Early Learning Center- Churchville
  • Augusta | Bison Beginnings Early Learning Center -Verona
  • Augusta | Valley Pike Early Learning Center
  • Staunton | Community Child Care Center
  • Waynesboro | Waynesboro YMCA
Surrounding Locations:
  • Albemarle | Foundations Child Development center
  • Charlottesville | Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Charlottesville | Piedmont YMCA 
  • Harrisonburg | Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Center
  • Harrisonburg | JMU Young Children’s Program
  • Harrisonburg | Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center
  • Page | Charlie’s Guiding Light
  • Rockingham | Agape Center for Care
  • Rockingham | Plains Area Daycare Center
  • Rockingham | Lil’ Bloomers Daycare
  • Rockingham | Tots N’ Toyland
  • Shenandoah | Little Angel
  • Shenandoah | Community Care and Learning
  • Shenandoah | Gwen’s Day Home

Warren

There are no current sites in Warren County, but you can apply for the following locations in surrounding counties.

  • Rappahannock | The Child Care and Learning Center
  • Winchester | Childhaven
  • Winchester | Fremont St.
  • Winchester | Tee Spot
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Additional Programs

There are many types of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) options in each location throughout Ready Region Blue Ridge. Each program is unique in its hours, ages served, curriculum, and teaching styles. Links below direct you to the most up-to-date list of open centers and family day homes. Learn more.

Early Childhood Education Centers and Family Day Home Providers

Age
Varies
Cost
Varies
Hour
Varies
Busing
No
School Year
Year Round
Meal
Varies, may be additional fee
Residency Required
No

Search All Programs

You can search local childcare centers, family day homes, religiously affiliated, and non licensed care providers at: Finding Child Care | Child Care VA (virginia.gov). Just click the “search for care” link to see all your options. You will also be able to review health and safety violations through this portal.

Search Child Care Subsidy Programs

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families in paying child care costs for children under age 13 who are not eligible to attend public school during the part of the day when public education is available, or children with special needs under age 18 who reside with the applicant. If you are eligible and are approved for services, the Subsidy Program can pay a portion of your child care costs directly to the child care provider. To apply for subsidy child care please visit www.commonhelp.virginia.gov.

Need More Help?

For additional information please visit https://www.childcare.virginia.gov/families/paying-for-child-care

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Albemarle County & Charlottesville Area Participating Partners

Our partners work together to increase access, decrease barriers, and help families make informed decisions for their early childhood care and education needs.

Albemarle County & Charlottesville Area Resources & Supports

There are statewide resources available through the drop down menu at the top of this page. To learn more about programs that support families with children aged birth to five in the immediate area, click here.