To Create A New Future

Even with our recent expansion of programs, there are still many kids in our community waiting for ReadyKids to provide quality early learning experiences and the foundation for nurturing and healthy relationships.  

Unfortunately, our building is now over capacity, making us unavailable when we are needed.

Your Gift Makes a New Future Possible

The Ready for the Future Campaign will raise $2 million to expand the ReadyKids building. As of September 2019, we have $45,000 left to raise to reach our goal. Join us to close out the campaign. This is an incredible opportunity for donors like you to position ReadyKids to be Ready for the Future.

We need you! Make your gift today!

For more information on the Capacity Campaign contact Allison Henderson, Director of Philanthropy.  (434) 296-4118, Ext. 235.

  • To reduce the InsideOut waitlist by adding new counseling offices.

  • To expand ReadySteps and Healthy Families with new team offices, offering more neighborhood playgroups and family supports to new mothers.

  • To provide nurturing activity space for participants, community partners and guests.

  • Room to grow for the next decade.


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Keeping Up with Our Growing Community

Charlottesville has grown by 12.9% since 2010, and is the third fastest growing city in Virginia.  

During the same time period, ReadyKids Board and Staff engaged in deliberate and thoughtful planning processes to assess community demand, our capacity to meet it today and in the future.  

As a result, ReadyKids is proud to have almost doubled the number of kids, families and early childhood educator we work with every year and our growth is continuing.

Meet Kayla

By her fourth birthday Kayla had lived in three different foster homes, experienced chronic homelessness, substance abuse exposure, neglect and suspected sexual abuse.

At ReadyKids, Kayla was able to meet weekly with a trained trauma counselor and use play and art therapy to heal from her past. A year later, Kayla has been adopted by her foster parents, is building strong and healthy attachments with her new family and is doing well in school.

However, not every kid in Charlottesville gets the help they so critically need. Last summer ReadyKids had over 57 kids just like Kayla on the waitlist for trauma counseling.

Meet Roberto

Two-year-old Roberto and his mother only spoke Spanish when they arrived at their first ReadySteps play group. Roberto often screamed and refused to get up off the floor. His mother was frustrated.

ReadySteps’ bilingual educators encouraged Roberto to join in activities like group circle time. After a few months, Roberto shared toys with friends and even said “thank you” and “you’re welcome” in conversations. Roberto’s mother is proud of her son’s progress.

ReadySteps currently serves five low-income neighborhoods in Charlottesville. However, there are an estimated 100 children who could still benefit from the services ReadySteps provides.

Imagine a Future with Us …

… where no child in crisis has to wait for counseling.

Together we can provide counseling for some of the 3,528 children affected by accepted reports of child abuse or neglect in the ReadyKids service area in FY17.  The Center for Disease Control estimated $210,012 per victim to be the lifetime burden of child maltreatment if left untreated.

… where babies are healthy and safe from their earliest moments.

Together we can begin to reach the estimated 540 eligible children in the Charlottesville community who are not currently served by home visiting programs.  The RAND Corporation found that well-designed early childhood interventions have been found to generate a return on investment to society of up to $17.07 per dollar spent.

… where every child enters kindergarten prepared.

Together we can extend services to the approximately 225 children in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County who enter kindergarten unprepared for school and in need of intervention services.  According to the United Way, investing in high quality early childhood programs brings a 7 to 10 percent rate of return over a child’s lifetime.