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Early Childhood (Pre-K Programs)




Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Pre-Kindergarten


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  • The child must live in Arlington County.
  • The child has to be 4 years old on or before September 30th.
  • The child’s family must meet income eligibility guidelines.  The total annual household income must be at or below $86,000 for School Year 2016-2017. ($86,000 is 80% of median income for a family of four in Arlington County.) Annual household income is determined by completing the Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form.
  • The child needs to be toilet trained at the time of entry into the program.

When do I apply?

  • Applications are accepted between February 1st and April 15th at 4:00 pm.
  • Applications received during this time period are placed together in one pool of applicants and are then divided according to eligibility criteria based on household income. If there are more applications than spaces available, a random double-blind lottery is used to select the order of applicants invited to enroll. 
  • Applications received after April 15th are placed on the wait list after applicants who applied between February 1-April 15th.

Where do I apply?

  • Students can apply to more than one school based on their address.
  • A student’s neighborhood school is determined by the student’s home address. Each neighborhood school is served by one or more schools that offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes.
  • To determine the neighborhood school for a home address, use the “Boundary (Attendance Area) Location” at http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=3001  or call School & Community Relations at 703-228-7667.
  • To determine corresponding schools for the neighborhood school, look at page two of the VPI Pre-Kindergarten Application or call the Office of Early Childhood at 703-228-8632.
  • There are 34 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes located at the following schools: Abingdon, Arlington Science Focus, Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, and Randolph. See below for more information about each school.

How do I apply?

  • Submit a VPI Pre-Kindergarten Application and Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form with required documents to the school that correspond to the student’s neighborhood school or to Early Childhood Office @ 2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
  • A separate application must be completed for each school in which the student would like to enroll.
  • Applications are also available at all schools with VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes, School and Community Relations and the Office of Early Childhood.

Program Information for the 2016-2017 School Year

Please complete and submit to your child's school the Free and Reduced Meal Application on the first day of school.  The application can be downloaded here. http://apsva.us/Page/2463

1.  How many students are in each class?

  • There are 16 students in each class. (VPI classes have a maximum of 18 students.)
  • Each class has a full time certified teacher and instructional assistant.


2. What schedule do the children follow?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program follows the APS school year calendar.
  • The hours are the same as the elementary school day for each specific site. 
  • VPI Pre-Kindergarten students begin on the second day of the school year.

3. What  is the curriculum in the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program curriculum is based on Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds.  The standards cover Literacy, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Science, Physical and Motor Development, and Personal and Social Development.   They are available on the Virginia Department of Education’s website or click here http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/early_childhood/preschool_initiative/foundationblocks.pdf


4. Why is there a home visit?

  • The purpose of the home visit is to help the child make a smooth transition from home to school and to create a positive connection between the teacher and the child’s family.
  • A home visit is a special time that families can share about their child and their family.
  • Teachers will also share valuable information during the home visit that will help a family prepare their child to be successful in school.
  • Home visits are an opportunity to build relationships between home and school. When there is a positive and open relationship, children succeed!

5.  Will my child attend specials offered at the school?

  • Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children participate in art, music, physical education and library.
  • VPI Pre-Kindergarten children also participate in other school wide activities and special offerings as appropriate.


6. Will my child be able to take a nap?

  • Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children have a rest time in the afternoon.


7.  What does it mean to be “toilet trained”?

  • Acceptance into the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is for children who are toilet trained.
  • The Office of Early Childhood understands that being toilet trained is a developmental skill that children reach at different ages and informs parents to select this preschool option only if their child is toilet trained.
  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program does not provide the staffing or have the facilities to provide toilet training for children
  • A toilet trained child wears underwear during the day at school and at home, uses the bathroom independently, indicates the need to use the bathroom, and is able to remove most clothes as necessary with little adult assistance.
  • A child is not yet considered toilet trained for APS preschool programs if the child continues to have toileting accidents after the first month of school; has 8 or more toileting accidents in the first month, or has a toileting accident three or more times a week during a three week period of a time.


8. How many schools offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is open for all eligible children who live in Arlington regardless of whether your neighborhood school has a VPI Pre-Kindergarten class.
  •  VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes are located at the following schools: Abingdon, Arlington Science Focus, Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, and Randolph.
  •  There are 34 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes available in Arlington in School Year 2016-2017. Remember that students can apply to more than one school based on their home address.


9. How can I find out more about the program?

  • The APS website has information about the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program, including an overview of the curriculum, learning environment and goals of the program.
  • Teachers and school leaders at the individual schools are able to provide more information about the program.
  • The Office of Early Childhood can provide further information about the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program, as well as the other early childhood program offerings at Arlington Public Schools at 703-228-8632.

10. Is transportation provided for VPI students?
  • Transportation is provided for VPI Pre-Kindergarten students who live in the attendance zone of the school or use bus stops established for K-12 students attending the same school.
  • Transportation is also provided for all students who attend the county-wide program at Hoffman-Boston regardless of where they live.

11. What are the tuition fees for VPI?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is free.

Extended Day 2016-2017

Which schools have extended day programs for 4 year olds?

  • Extended day is available at all sites for children who turn 4 years old by September 30th.

How much does Extended Day cost?

  • For more information about Extended Day, please contact the Extended Day office at 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington,VA  22204.  The phone number is 703-228-6069.

 How do I enroll in Extended Day?

  • You must enroll directly with Extended Day.
  • For more information about Extended Day, please contact the Extended Day office at  2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22204.  The phone number is 703-228-6069.

Elementary School Sites

School Address Phone Number Classes
Abingdon3035 S. Abingdon Street, Arlington, VA 22206703-228-66502 classes
Arlington Science 1501 N Lincoln Street, Arlington, VA 22201 703-228-76701 class
Arlington Traditional 855 N. Edison St, Arlington, VA 22205703-228-62901 class
5950 N 8th Road, Arlington, VA 22205
1 class
Barcroft 625 S. Wakefield Street, Arlington, VA 22204703-228-58382 classes
Barrett 4401 N. Henderson Road, Arlington, VA 22203 703-228-8528 2 classes
Campbell737 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204 703-228-67703 classes
Carlin Springs5995 5th Road South, Arlington, VA 22204703-228-6647 4 classes
Claremont 4700 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington, VA 22206703-228-25032 classes
Drew Model 3500 S. 23rd Street, Arlington, VA 22206703-228-58252 classes
Henry701 S. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22204703-228-5820 2 classes
Hoffman Boston1415 S. Queen Street, Arlington, VA 22204703-228-58455 classes
Key2300 Key Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201703-228-4210 2 class
Long Branch33 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201703-228-42201 class
Oakridge1414 24th Street South, Arlington, VA 22202703-228-58401 classes
Randolph1306 S. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22204703-228-5830 3 classes

How Do I Learn About My Child's Progress in VPI?

Teacher parent conferences are held twice a year. You may request a conference with your child's teacher at any time.  Pre-K progress reports are written and distributed at conferences in March and sent home in June. Below are links to the blank Pre-K  progress reports. 


Last Modified on February 10, 2016