ReadyKids has been a committed partner with Barrett Early Learning Center for many years through three distinct programs:

Growing Minds

Growing Minds offers research-based professional development for Barrett staff.  Together, we set quality improvement goals to create a rich learning environment and engaging teacher-child interactions associated with strong child outcomes.

Play Partners

From October through May, Play Partner volunteers visit Barrett classrooms for weekly early literacy sessions using dialogic reading – an interactive technique that increases children’s expressive language fluency, attention to detail, and vocabulary.


STAR Kids Educators teach 15-30-minute lessons twice a week using Al’s Pals: Making Healthy Choices – a curriculum that supports children in developing social-emotional skills such as using self-control, making friends, expressing feelings, accepting differences, and making safe, healthy choices.

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Community Partners

Our AMAZING Volunteers & Supporters

United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area

ReadyKids - professional development

ReadyKids - Play Partners

ReadyKids - Al's Pals

Building Goodness Foundation

Madison House at UVA

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) at UVA

Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalists

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Park St.

Tandem Friend School

Free Union Country School

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Fralin Art Museum at UVA Paramount Theater

Junior League of Charlottesville

Charlottesville Symphony at UVA

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Marylynn and Guy Indebetouw for free library

Darden School of Business at UVA