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ACPS Preschool Programs

​​​The goal of the Albemarle County Preschool Network is to provide comprehensive early-childhood learning experiences for students with risk factors that may prevent early academic success.

ACPS Preschool Network - Head Start, Title 1, Bright Stars, and Early Childhood Speacial Education


​Bright Stars

The Bright Stars Program is a state and locally funded early intervention and prevention program provided in collaboration with the Albemarle County Public Schools, the Albemarle County Department of Social Services and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The program serves 4-year-olds who may be at risk for developmental and/or educational challenges. A variety of child and family risk factors are considered including low or limited income, homelessness, limited parent/guardian education or an identified disability. Other risk factors may be considered such as single parent households, mental or physical health concerns, domestic violence, substance use and abuse or neglect. Eligibility is based on an assessment of risk factors. Eligible children are served in their neighborhood school, where they will attend Kindergarten, with few exceptions. In addition to a high-quality preschool experience, the children and their families are provided support and case management by a Bright Stars Family Coordinator through the Department of Social Services.

Bright Stars preschool classrooms are located at the following elementary schools: Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, Red Hill, Scottsville, Stone Robinson, and Woodbrook.

Application Process

For more information or to obtain an application: 

  • If your child will attend Kindergarten at one of the elementary schools listed above, please call that school and ask to speak with the Bright Stars Family Coordinator. 
  • If your child will attend Kindergarten at an elementary school other than one listed above, please call the Bright Stars Program Coordinator at (434) 972-4010.

Applications are available for download at the link above, the Albemarle County Department of Social Services and the MACAA Head Start office.

Applications for the next school year are available after the first of the year. It is preferred that applications be submitted by March 1st however, applications are accepted throughout the school year to fill vacancies as they occur.

Children who are eligible for enrollment will be notified the first week of May.


PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does NOT guarantee enrollment. Regrettably, all families cannot be served however, a waiting list for enrollment in the program is maintained.

Contact

Carol Fox, Bright Stars Program Coordinator
cfox@albemarle.org
1600 5th Streets, Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22902​
(434) 972-4010

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program serves children ages 2-5 years old (as of 9/30) who have been found eligible for special education with an identified disability. Classroom programs are located in several elementary schools, where up to 8 children with special needs are taught by a certified ECSE and preschool staff, in the context of a center-based or inclusive preschool classroom. Students who are eligible for ECSE receive special education services according to Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Application Process

All preschool referrals for consideration for special education (including referrals for speech concerns) should be directed to the Early Childhood Special Education Office at (434)973-2490.

Head Start

MACAA Head Start is a federally-funded child development program for 3 and 4-year-olds that provides services to promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of children from income-eligible families. Head Start classes are currently located at Agnor-Hurt Elementary, Crozet Elementary, Greer Elementary and Hollymead Elementary. The program also has classes at the Park Street MACAA location. 

Application Process

Applications are available for download at the link above, the Albemarle County Department of Social Services and the MACAA Head Start office.

Applications for the next school year are available after the first of the year. It is preferred that applications be submitted by March 1st however, applications are accepted throughout the school year to fill vacancies as they occur.

Children who are eligible for enrollment will be notified the first week of May.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an application does NOT guarantee enrollment. Regrettably, all families cannot be served however, a waiting list for enrollment in the program is maintained.

  

Contact

Lina Abril-Montoya, Head Start Program Coordinator
lmontoya@macaa.org​

Monticello Area Community Action Agency
1025 Park Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 295-3171 ext. 3008

For additional information contact:

Alison Dwier-Selden, ACPS Lead Coach for Preschool
aselden@k12albemarle.org 
Albemarle County Public Schools
401 McIntire Road​
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 296-5820​​​​​​​​​​​



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