University of Virginia student volunteers work with teachers to lower the adult-to-child ratio in day care centers around the area. The volunteers provide assistance to day care staff and secondary care for children. In a day care center, the adult-to-child ratio is never small enough and the volunteer can be a big help. The child receives more attention when an extra adult is present. And there can never be too many positive role models in a child's environment!


What will the volunteers do?

Volunteers work to assist the teachers with playtime, recess, and activities such as making crafts, singing, and reading. The volunteers have the opportunity to engage with the children while also getting to know the parents and teachers very well.



Volunteers are expected to work a weekly two-hour shift at some point between Monday to Friday. Times vary according to site. Transportation will be provided via carpool.


How can I get involved?

Registration for the spring 2018 semester begins Wednesday, January 17. To register, please click “Registration” in the upper left-hand corner of this page, and fill out the corresponding form.

After completing your application, you should hear from us within the next few weeks.


Our Community Partners

For more detailed information about an individual site listed below, click here.

  • Barrett Early Learning Center
  • Chancellor Street Preschool
  • Congregation Beth Israel
  • Mollie Michie Preschool
  • The International School of Charlottesville
  • Piedmont Family YMCA
  • ReadySteps Day Care
  • Westminster Child Care Center