School Readiness

School Readiness promotes strategies to provide children with appropriate and effective early services, supports, and high-quality early childcare and education. Children who are ready to succeed in school are more likely to become employed and financially stable adults. The Charlottesville office of the VA Department of Education reported for the 2015-2016 school year that economically disadvantaged kindergartners were 154% less likely to meet literacy benchmarks than children who are not economically disadvantaged.

Children's Data Consortium

The Children’s Data Consortium includes a longitudinal research project to match early childhood data with school data to determine what combination of early services provides the greatest level of school readiness. We are also excited to deploy an early literacy assessment in private early education centers such as Barrett and Piedmont YMCA, whose student enrollment is over 80% subsidized. Resulting outcomes will help teachers address emerging needs of individual students, improve classroom quality, and encourage activities at home with parents in support of their preschoolers.

Soho Book Program

Through a new partnership with The Soho Center, we distributed 10,000 children’s books with the assistance of UVA student-athletes. Our public preschool partners received over 3,000 books in the spring, to be delivered throughout the summer to children starting public preschool in the fall. The Soho Center partnership was renewed in February 2020, as the United Way helped fund RED!-Pre-K. This program delivered 7,256 new children’s books to the public preschool programs in Albemarle, Charlottesville, and Louisa to build classroom libraries and offer economically disadvantaged children new books to take home.

Early Education Task Force

The United Way, serving as our region’s Smart Beginnings of Greater Charlottesville, continues to coordinate the Charlottesville Albemarle Early Education Task Force. Local early education leadership and stakeholders convene to provide needed advocacy for both the community’s early education system and all children with identified risk factors, including poverty. The Task Force elevates the quality of early education  by identifying, developing, and leveraging resources to meet the annual costs of providing high-quality early care and education, and increases public awareness of the importance of high-quality early education. 

Early Education Task Force Members

Adiuvans Foundation

Albemarle County Dept. of Social Services

Albemarle County Public School System    

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation             

Charlottesville City Dept. of Social Services

Charlottesville City Public School System

Charlottesville Publishing Group

Child Health Partnership

Endicott Growth Equity Partners

Judy Smith

Monticello Area Community Action Agency

Ounce of Prevention

ReadyKids

United Way of Greater Charlottesville

UVA CASTL

Early Education Task Force Members

Adiuvans Foundation

Albemarle County Dept. of Social Services

Albemarle County Public School System    

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation             

Charlottesville City Dept. of Social Services

Charlottesville City Public School System

Charlottesville Publishing Group

Child Health Partnership

Endicott Growth Equity Partners

Judy Smith

Monticello Area Community Action Agency

Ounce of Prevention

ReadyKids

United Way of Greater Charlottesville

UVA CASTL

 

PreSchool Development Grant

Funded jointly by the VA Department of Education and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation via a Federal Preschool Development Grant, the project includes both the City and County school systems, United Way, ReadyKids, MACAA Head Start, and a number of private early education providers. The project is designed to gather data about the local early education landscape as well as implement the CLASS method of measuring teacher/child interactions in public and private settings.

Early Ed Symposium

The Symposium is conducted annually to provide high-quality professional development to public and private early education teachers, administrators and classroom assistants. It also serves as a celebration to recognize the service of early childhood educators.

Mixed Delivery

The Mixed Delivery Project works with public and private partners, maximizing state preschool funding, while also providing funds for high-quality preschool in private settings with after-care so parents may remain employed. Coaching and mentoring provided for teachers increases quality in the classrooms.

Multiply Your Impact

For every $1 given to the United Way’s School Readiness programs, $14 is returned to the community.