Since 1921

We’re proud to be one of the oldest non-profits in Charlottesville.

1921

We open our doors as Children’s Home, a residence for children orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic, that can accommodate 30 children.

1946

By the 1940s, we have served about 350 kids. With support from the Community Chest (now the United Way), we broaden our mission to include care for adolescence and support for children whose families are in crisis.

1956

In collaboration with Christ Church, we form a new organization called Child and Family Services of Charlottesville and Albemarle.

1970-1973

Services expand to include resources for Charlottesville area families, and the organization changes its name to Family Services.

1970s

Quality childcare becomes a local concern, and a new organization forms to recruit, train and supervise childcare providers, and support parents. The organization quickly expands, adopting the name Office for Children and Youth and focuses on foster parent training and recruitment, emergency shelter for runaways, and counseling for youth.

1993

Family Service, Inc and the Office for Children and Youth join forces becoming Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS). Programs focus on: improving the quality of child care; providing parent education and support; and providing clinical services to at risk kids and families, including shelter for runaway and homeless youth.

2009

CYFS moves into a new, professional facility at 1000 East High Street to increase accessibility to participants.

2013

CYFS begins to investigate changing our name, research engages program participants, donors, board, past board, local partners, staff and a random sample of area residents. The number of program participants reached in a year surpasses 5,000.

2014

In March, the board unanimously votes to change the organization’s name. In October, CYFS officially becomes ReadyKids.

2019

ReadyKids breaks ground on a 5,000 square foot expansion to the building at 1000 East High Street. The expansion allows us to add more offices and reach more kids.

2021

ReadyKids will celebrate 100 years of impactful programming to benefit children, families and childcare providers in our community!

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