University of Virginia student volunteers work with teachers to lower the adult-to-child ratio in child care centers around the area. The volunteers provide assistance to child care staff and secondary care for children. In a child 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.



Volunteers are expected to work a weekly two-hour shift at some point between Monday to Friday. Times vary according to site. Transportation varies with Child Care site. Some sites can be reached by walking, while others are better reached with use of the free trolley or via carpool.


How can I get involved?

Registration opens each semester at 9am on the first day of classes.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to read through the Community Partner descriptions and explore the different Child Care center websites.


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

  • The International School of Charlottesville

  • Piedmont Family YMCA

  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Preschool

  • University Child Development Center

  • Westminster Child Care Center