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November 15, 2017
With Thanksgiving around the corner, preschool children across America are participating in a time-honored ritual: tracing their hands to draw turkeys, and bringing the pictures home for proud parents to display on their refrigerators. But Erika Christakis, an early childhood educator and author, argues that “hand-turkeys” and other highly structured ...
August 31, 2017
The Charlottesville area’s largest public preschool programs still have room for more children a week into the new school year. Sheila Sparks, coordinator of preschool and family support for Charlottesville City Schools, said the city’s preschool program for 4-year-olds has about 160 children registered for this fall. The ...
June 15, 2017
This week’s Symposium on High-Quality Preschool offered professional development opportunities and motivational words in support of expanding preschool access to all children in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Charlottesville schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins said federal and state lawmakers must invest in universal preschool to give their most vulnerable constituents a ...
April 11, 2017
A panel of education experts on Tuesday discussed some of the challenges that educators and policymakers must face to improve early childhood education in America. The “Innovations in Education” discussion at the Paramount Theater was part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s “Future of Ideas” series. The event was ...
January 29, 2017
A division of the University of Virginia recently recommended that Albemarle County and Charlottesville take a serious look at using private investment to fund preschool programs for economically disadvantaged 3-year-olds. The Pay for Success Lab, which operates out of the Social Entrepreneurship program at the University of Virginia’s Frank ...
November 30, 2016
President Barack Obama’s former chief domestic policy adviser had a simple message for nonprofits, their donors, business and government Wednesday: For their work to be effective, these sectors must put aside differences, communicate and work toward specific, stated goals. Melody Barnes, a Richmond resident who currently serves as chair ...
September 08, 2016
The number of at-risk 4-year-olds in Charlottesville and Albemarle County who have access to high-quality preschool programs is growing. In part, increased support for local early childhood programs and new collaboration among providers is allowing more families to be served. Additionally, a new study has revised the service gap projections ...
August 13, 2016
Up to 70 at-risk 4-year-olds will be placed in private preschool programs in the next two years thanks to a $250,000 preschool grant recently awarded by the state to the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. Grant funds also will support quality improvement programs for the partnered private preschools. The so-called ...
June 08, 2016
In the year since the inception of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Early Education Task Force, the county’s Bright Stars program has expanded, county and city officials have endorsed pre-K expansion and grant funding has placed 20 local children in preschool programs. But expanding access to pre-K is only one piece of ...
March 31, 2016
Local efforts to provide wider access to public and private early childhood classrooms could get a boost from state coffers over the next two years now that the Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill providing $3 million in new grant funding for mixed-delivery preschools. The bill, patroned by Del ...
February 18, 2016
Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be able to place 25 additional 4-year-olds in preschool programs this month thanks to $180,000 in grants from the Virginia Preschool Initiative. The children will be placed either in a program run by the Jefferson Area Board for Aging or by Foundations Childhood Development ...
February 04, 2016
The percentage of Albemarle County Bright Stars preschool graduates who meet or exceed grade-level expectations in reading drops 30 percentage points when the students reach fifth grade, a Wednesday report to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors showed. A report by Ann McAndrew, Albemarle County Bright Stars coordinator, showed that ...
December 03, 2015
With new financial investments and leadership from an energetic early education task force, some economically disadvantaged families in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County will find it a little easier to place their children in a pre-K classroom next year. Representatives from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation came to ...