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As preschool initiatives become more prevalent ― such as statewide plans to create pilot programs for 3-year-old ― Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools are no strangers to offering programs for preschool-age children.

But the ways those young pupils are served in each division are slightly different.

In the county schools, preschools are funded by the Virginia Preschool Initiative, a state program aimed at serving 4-year-olds, and by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors since 1995. They’re scattered across the elementary schools. The county doesn’t serve 3-year-olds.

Carol Fox, Bright Stars Program Coordinator of the Albemarle Department of Social Services, said the state allocated 190 spots for the current academic year. The number of spots normally

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