Shining Stars serves prekindergarten children dealing with risk factors like low income, developmental delays, and language barriers. JABA’s program helps kids who did not get into other, public preschool programs – like Bright Stars.
VCEF says having the state contribute financially to programs like these help provide more seats for preschool programs.
"This has been a partnership to elevate the quality of preschool in private centers and throughout the community, and then to use public dollars and private dollars to place more children in those high-quality centers," said Erika Viccellio with the Early Education Task Force.
Charlottesville and Albemarle County's superintendents, Rosa Atkins and Pam Moran also visited the Bright Stars classroom Tuesday.
Teachers with the preschool program tell NBC29 they hope to see more similar program opportunities worked into the city and county budgets in the next ten years.
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