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From the Virginia Law Families supplement:
"Good preschools fill up quickly and maintain waiting lists. They generally register for the September school year very early. January sign-up for returning students and their younger siblings (and church members for those affiliated with one) is typical, with February sign-up for the general public. If the one you want is full, ask to be put on a waiting list. Also consider signing up for several even if you expect to get into the one you think you want. Most offer several different programs (e.g., two, three or five days a week) and they may not offer you the choice you want.

"The University-affiliated Child Development Center has a very good reputation and reasonable rates, but has an extremely long waiting list for very young children—if you didn't sign up at conception (or before!) you probably won't get an infant in until they're two, unless you have an older sibling you can enroll first—they don't advertise this but they give precedence to siblings of children already enrolled, and there is often little to no wait for children aged two and above."
—Provided by Virginia Law Families

ABC Preschool-Daycare
925 E. Market St.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks-8 yrs

ABC can make a flexible schedule to meet parents' needs and teaches children in small groups. The preschool program is in morning sessions. The well-equipped, licensed center offers a 10 percent discount for families enrolling more than one child.

Apple Tree Academy at Pantops
201 Riverbend Dr.
Ages: Infant- to Pre-K

This preschool is a full-service, year-round learning center.

Apple Tree Academy at Woodlands
601 Hillsdale Dr.
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

This preschool is a full-service, year-round learning center.

Beau Pre Kindergarten
1555 Beau-Pre Ln.

Bright Beginnings
3401 Worth Crossing
Ages: 16 mos.-5 yrs

The school offers both full- and half-day schedules, field trips, guest speakers and a P.E. program. 

CBI Preschool of Congregation Beth Israel
301 E Jefferson St.
(Downtown Mall)

“CBI Preschool operates as an extension of the Jewish home, providing an opportunity for young children to play, learn and grow together in a Jewish environment.”

Canterbury School
2317 Barracks Rd.
Registration: early spring
Ages: 3-5 yrs (3-7 yrs during summer)

Canterbury offers flexible hours and close proximity to the Law School.

Chancellor St. Preschool Co-Operative
University Ave. & Chancellor

Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs
Registration: Begins in February

This is a co-op preschool where parents volunteer as teacher assistants for one day each month that a child attends. Lots of parent involvement supplements the efforts of two teachers on staff.

Charlottesville Day School
320 10th Street NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Day School teaches children age 2 to middle school age. Twenty-four educators are on staff serving 142 children from diverse backgrounds.

Charlottesville Waldorf School
Charlottesville location (Nursery/Kindergarten):
ACAC on Four Seasons Dr.
Crozet Location: 1408 Crozet Ave.
Ages: Preschool-8th grade
Registration: January/early spring

The Waldorf School offers a nursery, kindergarten and grade school. After-school care is available until 6 p.m.

Children Come First
2320 Hunters Way

This child care center promotes infant care and a 1:5 teacher-to-child ratio, with a 27 child maximum enrollment.

Children's Montessori School
971-6744 or (540) 456-6878
109 E. Jefferson St.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 21 months-K

This school enrolls children on Cutler Lane and Gordon Avenue, with the Gordon Avenue location now offering full-day schooling.

Christian Preschool Adventure
2505 Jefferson Park Ave.
Registration: February
Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs

With a Christ-centered curriculum and learning through play, this ministry of Jefferson Park Baptist offers preschool 9 a.m. to noon.

Country Cottage Pre-School
5013 Advance Mill Rd.
Earlysville, VA 22936
Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Tuesday, Thursday; and Monday through Friday programs are available from 9 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to five children, who learn in a nature-oriented environment.

Covenant School
175 Hickory St. (campus and business office)
Admissions: 220-7330
1000 Birdwood Rd. (upper-grade campus 7th-12th): 220-7329
Ages: K-12th grade

This is a nondenominational Christian school.

Early Childhood Development Center
First Baptist Church, 735 Park St.
Registration: February
Ages: 2½-K

This NAEYC-accredited developmental program has one teacher and one aide per class. The curriculum includes math and reading readiness, social skills, creative art, science, cooking, excursions and celebration of special days.

First Presbyterian Church Preschool
500 Park St.
Ages: 18 mos.-5 yrs

Open 9 a.m.-12 p.m., this program has two-, three-, four-, and five-day programs.

First United Methodist Preschool
101 East Jefferson
Registration: ASAP
Ages: 2-4 years

Nationally accredited, this preschool program has a developmentally appropriate, high-scope curriculum that encourages children to share control in planning their day and emphasizes self-control.

Foundations Child Development Center Inc.
3375 Berkmar Drive
Ages: Infant through pre kindergarten

Open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the center features a full kitchen where all snacks and meals are prepared with sensitivity to common child allergies.

Four Seasons Learning Center
20 Lakeview Dr.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks- 6 yrs

This licensed preschool offers a full-day program, serves hot lunch daily and provides a good mix of structure and play in a homey environment.

Free Union Country School
4220 Free Union Rd., Free Union, VA 22940
Ages: 3 yrs-5th grade

Parents are actively involved in this developmentally appropriate curriculum that features rigorous academics and careful attention to the social/emotional needs of students. The enrichment program includes art, science, music, P.E., Spanish, nature hikes and overnight camping. A parent interview and classroom visit are required. Diversity is sought, and financial assistance is available.

Frost Montessori School
1553 Delphi Dr.
Ages: 21 mos.-6 yrs

The school was established in 1997 with environments appropriate to the developmental stages of children.

The International School of Charlottesville
830 Monticello Ave.
Ages: 2-6 yrs

The International School of Charlottesville is an NAEYC-accredited preschool serving children ages 2-6. Children are introduced to a foreign language as an integral and natural part of their school experience, with immersion classes in French and Spanish serving as the foundation for a broader commitment to true multicultural early childhood education. The emphasis is on fun, hands-on activities to learn reading, writing, math, art and music. There are full- and part-time programs with flexible before- and after-school care as well as summer camps.

Ivy Forest School
439 James Lane
Ages: 2-5

Nature based preschool set in 3.5 acres of woodland and meadow with a beautiful yurt classroom.

Kingswood Christian Preschool
1156 Crozet Ave
Crozet, VA
Ages: 2 1/2 - 5
Registration: anytime

This Christian preschool is committed to providing a positive, enriching experience for children of all spiritual backgrounds. Emphasis is on nurturing the emotional, social spiritual, and academic growth of children. All students receive the award-winning ABC Music & Me program from Kindermusik International.

Malcolm W. Cole Child Care Center
924-2907 or 924-5140
839 Estes St.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

The center is for UVA employees only, with priority given to hospital staff. The preschool program includes music and art, and is very well equipped indoors and out. Children can be registered when parents are not yet employed by UVA, but are anticipating employment.

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool
2117 Angus Road (Behind Best Buy/World Market)

Ages: 6 wks - 5 yrs

This is a French- and Spanish-immersion preschool and daycare. Preschool children also learn music and computer skills. SOL preparation is available for 4-5 year-olds. Summer sessions are offered as well.

Miller School
1000 Samuel Miller Loop
Grades 6-12

This co-educational day and boarding school with small class sizes is located in western Albemarle County. Its college prep program emphasizes character and honor.

Millstone of Ivy Preschool and Summer Camp
Ages: 2½-5 yrs
Summer Camp Ages: 3-10 yrs

With half- and full-day options, the preschool offers Spanish and reading readiness classes along with normal preschool activities.

Molly Michie Preschool
717 Rugby Rd.
Registration: ASAP
Ages: 2-5 yrs

Parents take turns as teacher assistants. The NAEYC-accredited curriculum includes math and reading readiness, social skills, art, music, cooking and field trips.

Montessori Pantops Mountain Community School
1538 Richmond Rd. (250 East)
Ages: 3-14 yrs

This school encourages cooperative learning through peer teaching and interaction in three-year class groupings. Emphasis is on intrinsic motivation, self-education and the development of imagination and creativity through the use of a diverse set of materials, activities and experiences.

Montessori School of Charlottesville
631 Cutler Ln., 674 Hillsdale Dr., ACAC at Four Seasons
Registration: early spring
Ages: 21 mos.-6 yrs

This school has the same program for 3- to 6-year-olds at second location, 974 Hillsdale Dr., and for 18 months to 8 years at ACAC. Mixed-age classes provide xcellent exposure to creative and learning experiences. Programs vary from one teacher's classroom to the next. A summer program is available as well as a parent/infant class.

Northridge Preschool
5100 Dickerson Rd.
Ages: 3- 5 yrs

This half-day academic Christian preschool is dedicated to achieving a positive learning experience.

Northside Christian School
1325 E. Rio Rd.
Ages: 4 yrs-12th grade

Northside offers summer day camp for children age 4 and up (through sixth grade) during June-August.

Old Dominion Day School
400 Georgetown Rd.
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

The accredited and certified staff offer a variety of programs for all pre-kindergarten aged children.

Our Neighborhood Child Development Center
2110 Ivy Road
Ages: infant-3 yrs

Provides child care for 43 children in a full-day, Reggio-inspired educational program.

Paran Preschool
5145 Dickerson Rd.
Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs

Paran focuses on small classes taught in a Christian environment. 

Park Street Christian Preschool
1200-B Park St.

This Christian preschool is an all-day program with the capacity to serve 30 children.

Peabody School
1232 Stoney Ridge Rd.

Ages: K-8th grade

This school is for intellectually advanced children, and testing is required for admission. The accelerated, enriched curriculum features teachers trained in gifted education. Limited partial scholarships are available.

The Rose Garden Preschool
2579 Heartwood Rd, Afton

This program, just 15 minutes from UVA, is nature-oriented, play-based and Waldorf inspired. Mixed-age groups play, explore and learn through active, hands-on experience in nature, through arts, baking, singing, games, drama and field trips.

St. Mark Preschool
100 Alderman Rd.
Registration: January
Ages: 2½-5 yrs

This full NAEYC-accreditedpreschool curriculum includes readiness skills in math and reading, social skills, art and music. Scholarships are available.

University Montessori
1034 Reservoir Rd.
Ages: 3-6 yrs

This service offers full-day and half-day programs/summer camp, with an emphasis on foreign language and cultures.

UVA Child Development Center
293-6110 or 977-3973
180 Copeley Rd. (on UVA Grounds)
Ages: 6 wks-Pre-K
Registration: anytime

This Children's World Learning Center is associated with UVA and available to faculty, staff and students. Close to the Law School and University family housing, it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Westminster Child Care Center
190 Rugby Rd.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

Affiliated with the UVA School of Education and close to main Grounds, the preschool programs are NAEYC accredited. Although there are a lot of children at center, individual classes are small. Scholarships are available, and diversity is sought.

YMCA Day Care Center
442 Westfield Rd.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 2-Pre-K

YMCA full- and half-day programs include music, art, math and reading readiness, computer classes, excursions and celebration of special days. Scholarships are available.

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The Virginia Department of Social Services's website is a resource for information on daycare options, and inspection results and complaints regarding licensed and unlicensed child care facilities in Virginia.


More Area Day Care and Preschool Listings

The University of Virginia Dean of Students Office makes a list of Charlottesville and Albemarle County daycare and preschool facilities available as part of its Students With Children Initiative. The list can be accessed in pdf form here.

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