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Taskforce report shows positive signs for local pre-K


September 9, 2016
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Aaron Richardson
Charlottesville Tomorrow

The number of at-risk 4-year-olds in Charlottesville and Albemarle County who have access to high-quality preschool programs is growing.

In part, increased support for local early childhood programs and new collaboration among providers is allowing more families to be served. Additionally, a new study has revised the service gap projections to show that the number of 4-year-olds in need has dropped from 250 to 138.

The report, which also painted a detailed picture of pre-K funding resources, was released Thursday by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Early Education Task Force.

In Charlottesville and Albemarle, the localities, federal and state governments and private funding sources spend more than $13.6 million a year on early childhood education, care and school readiness, the report showed.