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This list is provided as a community resource and a tool for starting your local preschool search. All schools on the list are licensed by the state of Virginia and located in the city of Charlottesville. Inclusion on the list does not indicate an endorsement. Comments about the Preschools are provided by the schools or are from their websites and have not been independently verified.

Basic information is checked yearly on Virginia state licensure site:
Virginia DSS
At this site you can also find information on schools in the surrounding counties and information on religious/exempt schools.

For information on preschool classes run by Charlottesville City Public Schools click here:
Charlottesville Schools

Looking for quality care in southern Albemarle county and surrounding areas? Here is a place to start: Little Learners Tri-County

Should you find any misinformation you may email with corrections.

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ABC Preschool
1015 E. Market Street
(434) 296-1116

Ages-birth to 5y11mo. 6:30am–6pm Capacity 120 children
Our goals are to make sure that each child learns to develop self-confidence, grow in independence, to give and share, to understand and control the physical world, to have self-discipline, to foster the development of language (both listening and speaking), and to have a positive feeling about their relationship to the world around them. Putting all this together, we know learning is playing, and playing is learning.

Barrett Early Learning Center
410 Ridge Street
(434) 295-9202

Ages-2y to 5y11mo. 6:30am-6pm Capacity 50 children
For over seventy years, Barrett Early Learning Center has provided a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. Our dedicated staff encourages opportunities for physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth.

Chancellor Street Preschool Cooperative
1700 University Avenue
(434) 296-6444

Ages-2y10mo. to 5y11mo. 8:40am-12pm Capacity 31 children (24 daily)
Chancellor Street Preschool Cooperative has been inspiring and educating children through creative play for more than forty years.  Located on the UVA corner, we offer a caring and engaged community for families who want to be actively involved in their children’s education.

Charlottesville Day School
320 10th Street, NE
(434) 817-2371

Ages-1y10mo. to 12y11mo. 7:45am-5:30pm Capacity 200
Children in this age group continue developing their social skills through cooperative and dramatic play. The children learn to work together in small groups. Teachers provide a rich variety of new vocabulary related to changing classroom themes. Enrichment experiences include music, art, Spanish, and fitness and wellness education.

The Covenant School - Covenant Club
1000 Birdwood Road
(434) 220-7319

Ages-4y-12y11mo. 8am-5:30pm Capacity 100
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are also able to participate in each of the classes and extracurricular activities other students enjoy like art, music, Spanish, physical education, Chapel, field trips, and of course, recess.
Pre-kindergarten is available as a half day, 5-day per week program or a full day, 5-day per week program.

First Steps Infant Development Center
1100 East Jefferson Street
(434) 295-5575

Ages-birth to 5y11mo. 7am-6pm Capacity 58
At First Steps we believe in providing the highest quality child care in a loving and secure environment.  We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia just blocks away from Charlottesville Downtown Mall. 

Hilltop Day Care Center, Inc.
909 Landonia Circle
(434) 295-6623

Ages-1mo. to 6y11mo. 7:30am-5:30pm Capacity 29

The International School of Charlottesville
830 Monticello Avenue
(434) 984-2174

Ages-2y. to 12y11mo. 8am05:30pm Capacity 99
We offer French and Spanish language immersion programs for students in Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten.  Our special Toddler Program helps develop a lifelong love of learning and provides an introduction to multiple languages and cultures to our youngest students (ages 2-3).  The ability to speak French or Spanish prior to school entry is not required - for parents or children.  The ISC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

MACAA Jordan, Twyman & Ferguson Head Start Centers
1025 Park Street
(434) 295-3171

Ages-3y. to 5y11mo. 8:30am-4pm Capacity 60
Head Start provides a comprehensive early childhood development program for three-and four-year-old children from families in greatest need.  Head Start children participate in a wide range of educational activities designed to enhance school readiness, and receive developmental and sensory screenings; cognitive, language, social/emotional and physical development assessments; individualized work plans and appropriate direct services, including daily USDA approved meals and snacks.

Malcolm Cole Child Care Center
839 Estes Street
(434) 924-2907

Ages-1mo. to 5y11mo. 6am-6pm Capacity 170
Established in 1984 to assist in recruiting and retaining a high caliber healthcare team for the University of Virginia Health System.  The center is fully licensed and serves children from six weeks to five years of age. Known for its caring staff and exciting programs, the Center is supported by well qualified child care professionals.

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool
2117 Angus Road
(434) 975-4263

Ages-1mo. to 11y11mo. 7:30am to 6pm Capacity 83
At Mighty Minds Little Hands International Preschool, your children will enjoy a caring and supportive environment, as well as the unique experience of either a Spanish-English parallel immersion program or a French-English parallel immersion program.

Montessori School of Charlottesville
1602 Gordon Avenue
(434) 295-0029
Ages-1y9mo. to 6y11mo. 8:30am-5:30pm Capacity 49

Montessori School of Charlottesville
631 Cutler Lane
(434) 295-0029
Ages-1y9mo. to 6y11mo. 8:30am-3pm Capacity 57

The Montessori School of Charlottesville is an independent non-profit 501 c (3) school open to children and families of all backgrounds. The school enrolls children ages 21 months through kindergarten in two locations in Charlottesville, Virginia: 631 Cutler Lane and 1602 Gordon Avenue. The Gordon Avenue location offers full day schooling (8:30am — 5:30pm) for children ages 21 months to 6 years.

Our Neighborhood Child Development Center, Inc.
2110 Ivy Road
(434) 202-8639

Ages-Birth to 3y. 7:30am-6pm Capacity 48
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center provides the highest quality care and education for children zero to three years old. Our Neighborhood is a full day Reggio inspired educational program. Our Neighborhood is not a daycare, it is a school, a place of learning. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC, as a school that supports young children to learn.

Peabody School
1232 Stoney Ridge Road
(434) 296-6901

Ages-2y10mo. to 5y11mo. 9am-12pm Capacity 28
Our curriculum is designed to prepare students (ages 2 years, 10 months to 5 years old) for Kindergarten. Classroom activities support the cultivation of creativity, problem-solving skills and social skills.. Each day incorporates structured learning experiences as well as free choice times and cooperative play.

Piedmont Family YMCA Childcare
233 Fourth Street, NW
Suite Y
(434) 202-0118

Ages-1mo. to 12y11mo. 6:30am-6pm Capacity 90
Ys across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.

Purple Crayon Playschool LLC
Ms. Lena Malcolm
122 Summit Street
(434) 960-2199

1 yr 6 m - 5 yrs 11 m Mon, Wed, Fri from 8:30 to 3:15.
We are a small, home-based preschool located off of Fontaine Ave near Fry's Springs. We seek to create an open, loving and engaging environment that invites exploration, thought and discovery. We believe in giving children ample time to play and explore their world. We go outside daily and love to explore nature.

University of Virginia Child Development Center
180 Copeley Road
(434) 293-6110
Ages-2y to 5y11mo. 6:30am-6pm Capacity 115

UVA Child Development Center II
408 Earhart Street
(434) 977-3973
Ages-1mo. to 2y11mo. 6am-6pm Capacity 64

The University of Virginia Academic Division operates two child care centers to address the needs of University faculty, staff, and students as well as the employees of the hospital, University-affiliated foundations and contractors.

Westminster Child Care Center
450 Rugby Road
(434) 977-3322

Ages-1mo. to 6y11mo. 7:30am-3:30pm Capacity 122
Westminster Child Care Center is a non-profit child development center serving approximately 81 children six weeks to five years of age.  Our mission is to provide quality care to children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.