It was a struggle until a chapter of the Community Chest (now United Way) organized in Charlottesville in 1944 and chose to sponsor Barrett as one of ten “Red Feather agencies.” United Way has been an invaluable partner ever since, most notably in 1958, when they gifted the house at 410 Ridge St. to the Barrett Day Care Center.
In the summer of 2003, the Center underwent significant changes. The Board of Directors elected to change the name of the Center to Barrett Early Learning Center, to reflect its emphasis on teaching and learning, with regard to all aspects of child development: social, emotional, intellectual and physical. This effort has taken on a renewed significance with the recent focus on the importance of preschool education for school readiness.
With enthusiasm and commitment, Barrett Early Learning Center is preparing its children and families to live in the 21st century. While preserving its legacy, we are creating enriching opportunities for Charlottesville's youngest residents and meeting the developmental needs of each individual child.
All are welcome to Barrett.