ReadySteps encourages parents as a child’s first and best teacher through early learning playgroups within their home community.

Do you want to join a playgroup?

  • Have fun while helping prepare your child for school?
  • Learn about your child’s development?
  • Connect with local resources?
  • Meet other families in your community?

Who can participate:

  • All parents and caregivers, with children ages birth-5 years old, in the Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding areas are invited to attend.
  • We offer weekly groups in the neighborhoods around the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.

What to expect:

  • ReadySteps Educators facilitate a parent support and early learning program, centered around routines and building community.
  • Our groups are play-based, and include activities similar to those you would see in a preschool classroom, including music, art, imaginative play, literacy and math.
  • Parents and caregivers are active participants in our program, and together we provide kids with experiences designed to promote healthy development.
  • Family Coordination is provided to all enrolled families, and includes developmental screening and home visit sessions. In collaboration with our community partners, we offer regular caregiver support groups with a trained therapist, children’s books to add to your home library, field trips, and activities outside of regular playgroup sessions.

Next steps:

  • All groups are currently full. Groups will end this year on Friday, June 3.
    • This program is free of charge to participants.
    • All playgroups are full for this year. New playgroups will start in the fall. If you are interested in participating in playgroups next year, please use our “Join a Playgroup” interest form and a ReadySteps representative will contact you.
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