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Child Care Resources

The following agencies can assist you in finding child care.  You may also contact your local Department of Social Services for assistance to pay for child care.                                     

United Way Child Care Scholarship Program | 972-1715           

806 East High Street, Charlottesville                       

The United Way Child Care Scholarship Program is available for working families in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District who meet income guidelines. 

ReadyKids Child Care Resource & Referral | 296-4118

1000 East High Street, Charlottesville                                             

Provides child care information through a database of home child care providers and child care centers.  Helps parents identify their child care needs and find an appropriate provider. 

Early Childhood Education

MACAA Head Start | 295-3171                                                                                               

1025 Park Street, Charlottesville

Offers a  preschool program with transportation and nutritious meals provided.  Medical and dental care are available to the children enrolled in the program.  Assistance with shelter, utilities and other basic needs is available to families.  Workshops and meetings are held to promote parent involvement in their child's education.  Call for information about the Head Start nearest to you. 

Bright Stars | 972-4010                                                                                               

1600 South 5th Street Extended, Suite A, Charlottesville

Preschool program to help targeted 4 year olds grow intellectually, socially and emotionally, preparing them for entry into kindergarten.  Operates at Agnor Hurt, Cale, Greer, Scottsville and Stone Robinson Elementary Schools.  Serves Albemarle County residents.

Four-Year-Old Preschool Program | 245-2797                                                           

Charlottesville City Schools, 416 13th St. NW, Charlottesville

The Four-Year-Old Preschool Program provides learning experiences for at-risk children before they begin kindergarten.  Serves City of Charlottesville residents.

ReadyKids | 296-4118

       1000 East High Street, Charlottesville

Provides support and early learning experiences so that kids are ready to learn. Programs include weekly early literacy interventions in child care settings, social-emotional skill development in local pre-k classrooms and preschool-like early learning experiences for children within their home communities.    

Parent Education

Local Virginia Cooperative Extension offices provide educational information on parenting:

VCE Charlottesville/Albemarle County | 872-4580                      

Albemarle County Office Building 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville                       

VCE Fluvanna County | 591-1950                             

Route 1001, New County Office Building, Palmyra                        

VCE Greene County | 985-5236                             

10013 Spotswood Trail, Stanardsville                                                           

VCE Louisa County | (540) 967-3422                       

1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa                                                           

VCE Nelson County | 263-4035                             

8445 Thomas Nelson Highway

ReadyKids | 296-4118       

        1000 East High Street, Charlottesville

Promotes healthy growth of children and the positive development of family relationships through services for residents.  Offers counseling, support groups and parenting classes.            

Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) | 975-9400

225 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville

Serves parents of children with special education needs in public schools.  Offers free trainings and workshops to parents and educators, promotes family-school relationships, has a lending library, and is an information resource for individuals with disabilities.


Family relationships can become strained in times of crisis.  Qualified counseling is available at the offices listed below.  Most of the agencies offer low-cost counseling.

American Red Cross (Military Families & Disaster)                


Center for Clinical Psychology Services                                   


Charlottesville Pregnancy Center                                              




Commonwealth Catholic Charities                                              

(800) 974-4494

Family Preservation Services                                          


FOCUS Women’s Resource Center                                            


Institute for Family Centered Services                         

(804) 290-0297

JABA Care Management Program                                                


Jefferson Area CHIP                                                          


Mental Health (MHA) Information & Referral     


On Our Own/Drop In Center 


Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge                          


Project Link                                                 


Region Ten Community Services Board (RTCSB)                    


Runaway Emergency Services Program of CYFS                    


University of Virginia Family Stress Clinics


University of Virginia Pediatric Psychology


University of Virginia Psychiatric Services


The Women’s Initiative