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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.