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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
296-1116
925 E. Market St.
Ages: 6 wks-8 yrs

Apple Tree Academy at Pantops
website
295-8569
201 Riverbend Dr.
Ages: Infant-to Pre-K

Apple Tree Academy at Woodlands
website
973-2777
601 Hillsdale Dr.
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

Beau Pre Kindergarten
296-3477
1555 Beau-Pre Ln.

Bright Beginnings
website
Ages: 16 mos.-5 yrs

Mill Creek
1221 Stoney Ridge Road
979-8585

Forest Lakes
1610 Regent Street
Charlottesville, VA 22911
973-8414

Crozet
1645 Park Ridge Drive
823-7129

Bright Eyes Community Child Care Center
website
984-4150
2320 Hunters Way
Ages: 6 wks.-Pre-K; nightime services for 6 wks to 10 yrs, 11 mos

CBI Preschool of Congregation Beth Israel
website
295-6382
301 E Jefferson St.
(Downtown Mall)

Canterbury School
293-9265
2317 Barracks Rd.
Registration: early spring
Ages: 3-5 yrs (3-7 yrs during summer)

Chancellor St. Preschool Co-Operative
website
296-6444
University Ave. & Chancellor

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

Charlottesville Day School
website
817-CDS1
320 10th Street NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville Waldorf School
website
823-6800
Charlottesville location (Nursery/Kindergarten):
ACAC on Four Seasons Dr.
Crozet Location: 1408 Crozet Ave.
Ages: Preschool-8th grade
Registration: January/early spring

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

Country Cottage Pre-School
5013 Advance Mill Rd.
Earlysville, VA 22936
973-2244
Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs

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

Early Childhood Development Center
296-6198
First Baptist Church, 735 Park St.
Registration: February
Ages: 2½-K

First Presbyterian Church Preschool
website
296-1447
500 Park St.
Ages: 18 mos.-5 yrs

First United Methodist Preschool
website
296-6682
101 East Jefferson
Registration: ASAP
Ages: 2-4 years

Foundations Child Development Center Inc.
website
973-9218
3375 Berkmar Drive
Ages: Infant-Pre-K

Four Seasons Learning Center
975-4455
20 Lakeview Dr.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks-6 yrs

Free Union Country School
website
978-1700
4220 Free Union Rd., Free Union, VA 22940
Ages: 3 yrs-5th grade

Frost Montessori School
website
979-5223
1553 Delphi Dr.
Ages: 21 mos.-6 yrs

The International School of Charlottesville
website
434-984-2174
830 Monticello Ave.
Ages: 2-6 yrs

Ivy School House
website
466-3346
2520 Cedar Ridge Lane
Ages: 2-5, afterschool camp for ages 5-7

Kingswood Christian Preschool
website
823-1258
1156 Crozet Ave
Crozet, VA
Ages: 2 1/2 -5
Registration: anytime

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

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

Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

Millstone of Ivy Preschool and Summer Camp
979-2111/979-6111
Ages: 2½-5 yrs
Summer Camp Ages: 3-10 yrs

Molly Michie Preschool
website
977-7406
717 Rugby Rd.
Registration: ASAP
Ages: 2-5 yrs

Montaintop Montessori
website
979-8886
400 Pinnacle Place
Ages: 3-14 yrs

Montessori School of Charlottesville
website
295-9055
631 Cutler Ln., 674 Hillsdale Dr., ACAC at Four Seasons
Registration: early spring
Ages: 21 mos.-6 yrs

Northridge Preschool
website
964-1560
5100 Dickerson Rd.
Ages: 3-5 yrs

Northside Christian School
974-6799
1325 E. Rio Rd.
Ages: 4 yrs-12th grade

Old Dominion Day School
website
977-0511
400 Georgetown Rd.
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

Our Neighborhood Child Development Center
website
202-8639
2110 Ivy Road
Ages: infant-3 yrs

Paran Preschool
973-9077
5145 Dickerson Rd.
Ages: 2 ½-5 yrs

Park Street Christian Preschool
296-8922
1200-B Park St.

Peabody School
website
296-6901
1232 Stoney Ridge Rd.

Ages: K-8th grade

The Rose Garden Preschool
website
434-823-7026
2579 Heartwood Rd, Afton

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool
website
293-0792
100 Alderman Rd.
Registration: January
Ages: 2½-5 yrs

University Montessori
website
977-0583
1034 Reservoir Rd.
Ages: 3-6 yrs

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

Westminster Child Care Center
website
977-3322
190 Rugby Rd.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 6 wks-5 yrs

YMCA Day Care Center
website
974-9622
442 Westfield Rd.
Registration: anytime
Ages: 2-Pre-K

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Tip

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.

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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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