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Your guide to
early care & learning in Central Virginia

Go2Grow works with local public schools, Head Start programs, and private providers to give all families access to early care and educational resources in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Greene. By working together, we can ensure every child in the Central Virginia area enters kindergarten ready to learn and grow!
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Your guide to
early care & learning
in Central Virginia

Go2Grow works with local public schools, Head Start programs, and private providers to give all families access to early care and educational resources in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Greene. By working together, we can ensure every child in the Central Virginia area enters kindergarten ready to learn and grow!

WHY EARLY EDUCATION?

Children who participate in high-quality programs tend to have:

Higher scores on math and reading achievement tests

Higher scores on math and reading achievement tests

Higher high school graduation rates and higher levels of schooling attained

Higher high school graduation rates and higher levels of schooling attained

Improved nutrition and health

Improved nutrition and health

In the long run, these children are also more likely to:

Have higher employment and earnings as adults

Have higher employment and earnings as adults

Experience lower rates of alcohol and other drug use

Experience lower rates of alcohol and other drug use

Be less likely to engage in criminal acts or be incarcerated

Be less likely to engage in criminal acts or be incarcerated

And it is not just kids who win! Parents of participants:

Complete more years of schooling

Complete more years of schooling

Are more likely to be employed

Are more likely to be employed

Have higher earnings

Have higher earnings

SAVE TIME WITH A SINGLE APPLICATION.

The Fall 2021 priority deadline is March 15th for Charlottesville City and April 15th for Albemarle County. Applications are accepted year-round.

Go2Grow helps families review and sign up for early care and education opportunities. This single application can also inform families of their eligibility for publicly-funded programs that may provide free or reduced cost options.

Go2Grow applications can be filled out by any family with a child, birth to age 5, looking for care in Central Virginia.

Not sure which programs you’re eligible for? Contact our Navigator, Rebecca Martin, for assistance at go2grow@unitedwaycville.org, by phone or by text at 434-459-0506

LEARN ABOUT EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS IN YOUR AREA.

MACAA Early Head Start

Beginning Summer 2021, MACAA will begin offering Early Head Start to our community. Early Head Start is available to eligible children, birth to age 3, in the City of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. New infant, toddler and two-year-old classes will operate at MACAA’s Park Street Center in Charlottesville, with a total of 48 center-based slots. An additional 12 slots will be available in our home-based program. The center-based program will operate year-round with extended day hours expected. The home-based program is a home visiting program that takes place in the family’s home once per week for 90 minutes, in addition to group socialization activities offered twice per month. Early Head Start is also available to pregnant women. Both Early Head Start and Head Start are free to eligible families. For questions regarding MACAA’s programs, please contact Lina Abril-Montoya at (434) 295-3171 ext. 3008.

MACAA Head Start

MACAA’s Head Start program is designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool to children ages 3 and 4 who are in lower-income families. Children are enrolled in a comprehensive early-childhood development program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. The program is free to eligible families. Summer care is not included. For questions regarding MACAA’s program, please contact the Head Start Program Coordinator: Lina Abril-Montoya, at (434) 295-3171 ext. 3008.

Charlottesville City Schools

Charlottesville City Schools offers a preschool program for 3 year-old children in 4 elementary schools. The child must turn 3 by September 30th of the school year of entry. Two classrooms are located in Clark Elementary School, and one classroom in Greenbrier, Johnson, and Jackson-Via Elementary Schools. Classes are in session five days a week from 9:00 am to 1:45 pm. Children are transported to and from school by school bus. The program is free to eligible families. Summer care is not included. Eligibility for this program is determined by the same criteria as those for the preschool program for 4 year-old children. For questions regarding Charlottesville City’s program, please contact the Coordinator of Preschool and Family Support, Sheila Sparks at (434) 245-2797.

Charlottesville City Schools

Charlottesville City Schools offers a preschool program for 4 year-old children in 10 classrooms located in 6 neighborhood elementary schools. Classes are in session Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm (regular elementary school hours). School buses transport the preschool children to and from school.The program is free to eligible families. Summer care is not included. For questions regarding Charlottesville City’s program, please contact the Coordinator of Preschool and Family Support, Sheila Sparks at (434) 245-2797.

Bright Stars

The Bright Stars Program serves children who turn 4 years old by September 30th and who may be at risk for developmental and/or educational challenges. A variety of child and family risk factors are considered to determine program eligibility including low or limited income, homelessness, limited parent/guardian education or an identified disability. Other risk factors may be considered such as single parent households, mental or physical health concerns, domestic violence, substance use, and abuse or neglect. Eligible children are served in their neighborhood school, where they will attend Kindergarten, with few exceptions. In addition to a high-quality preschool experience, the children and their families are provided support and case management by a Bright Stars family coordinator through the Albemarle County Department of Social Services. Bright Stars preschool classrooms are located at the following elementary schools: Agnor-Hurt, Greer, Mountain View, Red Hill, Scottsville, Stone-Robinson, and Woodbrook. Students living in the Stony Point district may be eligible to attend the preschool program at Stone-Robinson Elementary. Albemarle County Public Schools provides transportation to/from school for students who live within the school district where a Bright Stars classroom is located. The program follows the Albemarle County School’s calendar and operates from approximately 7:45 am – 2:30 PM. Children are transported to and from school by the School Bus system. The program is free for eligible families. Summer care is not included.

West Central Primary

Fluvanna County Public Schools
For more information visit: fluco.org

Greene County VPIVPI

For more information about the Greene County VPI program, please contact Kaki Payne at kpayne@greenecountyschools.com or 434-939-9002.

Louisa County VPI

For questions regarding LCPS VPI Preschool Program, please contact Justin Grigg, griggjs@lcps.k12.va.us , 540-894-5115.

Child Care Map

In addition to other programs – click here to see the map of potential care options in your area. Or contact the go2grow Navigator- Rebecca Martin, go2grow@unitedwaycville.org or 434-459-0506 to learn more about options in your area.

Mixed Delivery

The Mixed Delivery Program offers high-quality preschool in partnering private centers to children ages 3 and 4 by September 30 that are also eligible for the public VPI programs, who may be unable to attend such programs due to hours, accessibility, or location. Eligibility for this program is determined by the same criteria as those for the public preschool programs. This program is free to families. Summer care may be included. For questions regarding the Mixed Delivery Program please contact Deborah Rogers at drogers@unitedwaycville.org or 434-972-1708.

Subsidy Assistance

If you need assistance to pay for child care and want to learn more information about the subsidy programs in your community, visit commonhelp.virginia.gov or contact your local Department of Social Services Child Care Office.

Have questions?

HAVE QUESTIONS?

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

Contact our Navigator, Rebecca Martin, for assistance at go2grow@unitedwaycville.org, by phone or text at 434-459-0506