Child Care Resources

Finding reliable and affordable childcare can be a challenge. The resources below are here to assist you with making an informed and comfortable choice.

How do I find childcare?

Search online or speak with a Referral Specialist from Child Care Aware of Virginia. Get a free, individualized list of child care referrals in your area.

How can I get financial assistance to help me pay for childcare?

Click here for information about Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program. Families can also contact their local Department of Social Services office to learn about eligibility for childcare subsidies. The United Way of Greater Charlottesville offers child care scholarships. Contact Meredith Locascio at 434.972.1714 for more information.


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Virginia Department of Social Services Financial assistance is provided to eligible families to help with the cost of childcare so they can work or attend education programs. Contact your local department of social services or visit CommonHelp.

United Way Early Learner Scholarship Program | 434-972-1714 |806 East High Street Charlottesville, VA

The United Way Early Learner Scholarship Program is available for working families in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District who meet income guidelines. Contact Meredith Locascio at 434.972.1714 for more information.



Barrett Early Learning Center

The mission of Barrett Early Learning Center is to promote and foster growth and development in children, ages 2-5 years old, by providing a high-quality early learning/child care environment that offers a variety of sensory, language, cognitive and social experiences designed to generate a love for learning and prepare children for a successful future in education and life. For more information visit Barrett Early Learning Center.

Bright Stars

The Bright Stars Program is a state, federal and locally funded, early intervention and prevention, comprehensive preschool program provided in collaboration with the Albemarle County Department of Social Services, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, and the Albemarle County Public Schools. In addition to a high-quality preschool experience, the children and their families are provided support and case management by a family coordinator through the Department of Social Services.

Charlottesville Preschool Program

At Charlottesville City Schools, they offer a free preschool program for qualifying three- and four-year olds. 

Monticello Community Action Agency (MACAA) serves Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa, and Fluvanna Counties 

The MACAA Head Start program is designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool-age (three and four-year-old) children of low-income families with a comprehensive early-childhood development program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. Our children participate in a wide range of educational activities designed to enhance school readiness. For more information about MACAA's Head Start program, please contact Lina Abril-Montoya at (434) 295-3171 ext 3008 or Fax 434-295-0453. To Apply!

PVCC Kids College Kids College

Now offering AfterSchool Academies online!  Email or Laura Baxter at for more information. *Scholarships will be available


ReadyKids Child Care Resource & Referral | 434.296.4118 | 1000 East High Street Charlottesville, VA

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

YMCA Child Care at the Jefferson School | 434-205-4380 | 233 Fourth Street NW Charlottesville, VA

YMCA child care offers infant, toddler, and preschool care and education in conjunction with inter-generational programming. The YMCA also offers drop-in care options for school holidays or other days where you may just need occasional care. The Y also offers part-time preschool options for children going into kindergarten.

*Childcare assistance for military families is available. To learn more visit Childcare Aware