Classes for Four-Year-Olds
Charlottesville City Schools offer a Preschool Program for four-year-old children in nine classes located in our six neighborhood elementary schools. Classes are in session Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:00 according to the elementary school calendar. School buses transport the preschool children to and from school.
Classes for Three-Year-Olds
Charlottesville City Schools has five classes for children who turn three by September 30th of the school year of entry. Two of these classes are located in Clark Elementary School and there is one class at Greenbrier, Johnson, and Jackson-Via Elementary Schools. The classes are in session five days a week from 9:00 to 2:00. The children are transported to school by school bus. Requirements for this program are the same as those for the Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children.
Head Start Class in the City Schools
Charlottesville City Schools has a collaborative agreement with Head Start to house one of their classes for three and four year old children at Clark Elementary School. This class operates on the Head Start calendar. Application to attend this class should be made through the Head Start office at 434-295-3171.
In order to qualify for the Three-Year-Old class or the Four-Year-Old preschool program, a child must:
- have turned three or four years old by September 30th of the school year;
- live in the City of Charlottesville;
- live in a family with low income and/or other stressors
Required Immunizations for Preschool
Documentary proof shall be provided of adequate age appropriate immunization with the prescribed number of doses of vaccine indicated below for attendance at a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school, child care center, nursery school, family day care home or developmental center. Religious and medical exceptions to immunization requirements are permitted, but documentation must be provided to the school.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap): A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP).
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: A complete series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children.
- Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine: A minimum of 2 measles, 2 mumps, and 1 rubella are required. (Most children receive 2 doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR). First dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. Second dose of vaccine must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
- Polio Vaccine: A minimum of 4 doses of polio vaccine. One dose must be administered on or after the fourth birthday.
- Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine: All susceptible children born on and after January 1, 1997, shall be required to have one dose of chickenpox vaccine administered at age 12 months or older. Effective March 3, 2010, a second dose must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
All children starting preschool must have documentation of a physical examination performed by a physician. If a 3-year-old moves into the 4-year-old program, a physical is not required until entry until kindergarten.
Applications are available below, at each elementary school, or by calling the Preschool Office at 245 -2813. Applications must be returned to the Preschool Office by March 1, 2013 for priority consideration.
Applications should be returned to your local elementary school or:
Charlottesville Preschool Program
416 13th Street NW
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Frequently Asked Questions
- I’ve heard that there are preschool classes for children younger than four years old. How do I go about getting my child into one of those classes?
- There are two programs for children who are younger than four years old. There are five classes for three-year-old children, with the same eligibility requirements as the four-year-old classes except that the child must be three years old by September 30th of the school year. Parents interested in this program should use the same contact information as that for the four year old program. There is also a special education preschool program for children between the age of two and five who are found to have a significant delay in one or more of the following areas: communication, motor skills, personal/social skills, adaptive behavior and cognitive ability. If you think your child may be in need of special services, call Sheila Sparks at 434-245-2405.
- I live in Albemarle County but I work in the City of Charlottesville. May I pay to have my child attend the preschool program?
- Currently, there is no provision to allow for County residents to attend the City preschool program. Albemarle County does have a program similar to the City Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children; it is called Bright Stars. For more information about the County program, call 972-4140.
- What is the difference between Head Start and the City Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children?
- There are 3 primary differences between the two preschool programs:
- The City preschool program is operated by the Charlottesville City Schools and is located in the elementary schools. The Head Start Preschool Program is operated by the Monticello Community Action Agency (MACAA) and is located in buildings throughout Charlottesville, including one class at Clark Elementary School.
- The primary qualification for Head Start is that the child’s family income must be at the federal poverty level. The City preschool program considers low income, which is determined by eligibility to participate in the free and reduced meals program, as only one way in which a child may qualify for the program.
- The City preschool program operates for 180 days per year while Head Start operates for 150 days per year.
- When I sent in my application, I was told that all the preschool classes were full and that my child would be placed on a waiting list. How long will it take for my child to be placed in a preschool class?
- There is no simple answer to this question. Because each preschool class can have only sixteen children, it depends on where and when there is a vacancy and on the degree of need your child has for services.
- My child is currently in a preschool class and we plan to move to another location in a different city elementary school attendance zone. Can my child continue in the preschool class that she is now attending?
- Our first choice would be to place your child in your new elementary attendance zone. However, if this is not possible, you can transport your child to the school that they currently attend.
- My child is in a preschool class and we plan to move out of the city. Can my child continue in their class in the city?
- If you move out of the city, your child can remain in the program if you get approval from Central Office and if you transport your child to school on time every day.
Preschool Family Worker: Eursaline Inge
Clark Preschool Family Support Worker: Melinda Whitehurst
Johnson Preschool Family Support Worker: Eleanor Barrese