Childcare Resources

Resources for Children

Learn more about local resources for children.

Child Care and Day Care

Child Counseling Services

  • Ready Kids Child and Parent Counseling

    About Ready Kids Counseling

    Ready Kids offers counseling to help kids and families who have experienced trauma begin the healing process. This service can help children work through a traumatic experience, help parents understand children's trauma symptoms, and help parents work toward maintaining children's personal safety. 


    • Children age 2-18
    • Children living in Charlottesville or Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson, and Greene counties who have been victims of abuse or neglect, or who have witnessed domestic violence. 

    About Ready Kids Family Support

    This Ready Kids program helps parents strengthen and build new effective parenting skills to meet children's needs and relate to children in a positive and nurturing way. Ready Kids also helps parents create a safe home environment for children.


    • Families with children up to five years old
    • Pregnant mothers

    About Ready Kids Real Dads

    This Ready Kids program helps dads reconnect with their children, learn skills to improve their relationship with family members, and works to create a safe space for open dialogue with other fathers.


    • Fathers incarcerated at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail 
    • Fathers living in Charlottesville or Albemarle 



    Ready Kids Website
  • The Children's Health Improvement Program


    The Children's Health Improvement Program's (CHiP) mission is to partner with families to create nurturing home environments and promote the health and well-being of children in our community. 

    Home Visiting:

    CHiP delivers services through visits with families in their homes.  Through home visits, CHiP works with the parent and child in their own environment, eliminating the need to find transportation or child care to participate.  CHiP helps families adapt the environment to maximize their child’s healthy development.  Home visits allow the entire family to participate, being on the same page on how to take care of its youngest members. 

    Community Partnerships:

    Jefferson Area CHiP partners with a variety of agencies locally and state-wide.  A list of these partnerships and brief descriptions is available below: 

    • CHiP of Virginia – CHiP of Virginia is the state-wide organization responsible for filtering state funding to the ten CHIP sites across the state. The organization supports the CHiP sites through training and technical assistance and through the development and evaluation of Quality Standards. 

    • Early Impact Virginia – The Home Visiting Consortium provides training in “best practices” in home visiting and works to bring home visiting resources to Virginia. 

    • Parents as Teachers – PAT is a national, evidence-based parent education program that is an integral part of the CHiP program. 

    • Infant Toddler Connection – Families who have infants with possible developmental delays are referred to the Infant Toddler Connection . 

    • Teen Health Center – UVA’s Teen Health Center works closely with CHiP as a part of our PARENTEEN program. 

    • Ready Kids – Ready Kids is a part of the home visiting collaborative and provides mental health services and coordinates neighborhood-based parenting play groups. 


    CHIP serves:

    • Pregnant teens and pregnant women.
    • Babies and children up to 6 years old and their parent(s) or caregiver(s).
    • Those who are eligible for Medicaid, FAMIS or FAMIS Plus or who are unable to get private health insurance.
    • Residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, or Louisa.


    Charlottesville Main Office
    Phone: 434.964.4700

    Children's Health Improvement Program Website
  • Virginia Department of Social Services Child Support


    The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is committed to helping parents support their children by focusing on more than just money. DCSE offers free family engagement services focusing on access and visitation, responsible parenting, employment assistance, and prisoner reentry. 


    Phone: 1.800.468.8894
    Submit form to email AskDCSE

    Social Services Child Support Website

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