The community of Charlottesville-Albemarle believes that a robust, inclusive, high-quality early childhood educational program is a key ingredient in preparing at-risk children for kindergarten and closing the achievement gap over time. Further, the community believes that, over time, investments in educational and prevention programs will reduce future, greater expenditures in remediation and rehabilitation.
Quality early education is but one critical investment required to increase the likelihood of positive, long-term outcomes for at-risk children, but it is achievable, actionable, and quantifiable.
Every child in Charlottesville-Albemarle living with risk factors that impact success in life will have access to a high-quality early education program. This clear vision is unclouded by concerns over funding and is endorsed by our City and County Executives, City and County School Superintendents, and the United Way Smart Beginnings Impact Team.
Specifically, in the near term, we seek to address the need for at-risk four-year olds, realizing that the expansion of services to three-year olds, younger children and whole families makes a difference and serves as a longer-term aspirational goal. The current estimate of the gap between the number of City and County four-year olds eligible for access to high-quality pre-k programs and available space is 150.
Read more about the work of the Early Education Task Force here.
See more from our Early Education Symposium (June 2016) here.
Task Force Members
Erika Viccellio – Executive Vice President, United Way (Chair)
Jan Dorman - Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Finance Director (Co-Chair)
Barbara Hutchinson – Vice President Community Impact Programs, United Way & Smart Beginnings
Ann McAndrew - Coordinator, Albemarle County Bright Stars (Pre-K)
Bill Letteri - Deputy County Executive, Albemarle County
Mike Murphy - Assistant City Manager, Charlottesville
Dean Tisdadt - Chief Operations Officer, Albemarle County Schools
Sheila Sparks - Charlottesville City Schools Pre-K Coordinator
Jacki Bryant – Executive Director, ReadyKids
Harriet Kaplan - Executive Director, MACAA Head Start
Judy Smith - Retired Executive Director, Jefferson Area CHIP
Mary Stebbins - Assistant Director, Albemarle County Department of Social Services
Sarah McLean – Aduivans Foundation
Blair Kelly - Entrepreneur
Rebecca Berlin – Interim CEO, Teachstone
Key Advocates and Keepers of the Vision
Tom Foley - Albemarle County Executive
Maurice Jones - Charlottesville City Manager
Pam Moran - Albemarle County Superintendent of Schools
Rosa Atkins - City of Charlottesville Superintendent of Schools
Cathy Train - President, United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area
Tim Hulbert - President, Chamber of Commerce
Frank Friedman - President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Anne Scott - President, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF)
Bob Pianta - Dean, UVa Curry School of Education
Kathy Glazer - President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
Mike Chinn -President, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Chair, Smart Beginnings Impact Team (ex-officio)
For more information, contact Erika Viccellio, Executive VP at 434.972.1713 or