Early Childhood (Pre-K)


Welcome to the APS Early Childhood page!

Do you have a rising APS kindergarten student? We invite you to attend the Annual APS Kindergarten Information Night

January 23rd (Snow date January 30th) 7pm Washington & Lee High School
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201

Learn about school options, meet elementary principals, meet Extended Day staff and much more! Spanish interpreters available. Kindergarten registration packets will be available at this event or at your local school. Stop by our Early Childhood table for helpful tips to make the transition a smooth one!


Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available beginning February 1, 2017. The application window will run from February 1- April 18th, 2017.

Please select from the tabs on the left to learn more about each of our programs. Should you have further questions regarding Pre-K in APS, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 703-228-8632.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

VPI is a full day Pre-k program located at 16 elementary schools (35 classrooms). Students must turn four years old by by September 30th to be accepted into the program. A student’s family must meet income eligibility guidelines to enroll. This program follows curriculum which is research based, developmentally appropriate and has been shown to increase academic and social success for students.

Primary Montessori

A full day Montessori Pre-k program is offered at 8 elementary schools (19 primary classrooms) and is for students ages three to five. Students must turn three years old by September 30 to enroll. Two-thirds of the available slots are for students whose families meet income eligibility guidelines. Tuition for three-and four-year-old children is charged on a sliding fee schedule based on family income. Any Arlington family may apply for this program.

Arlington County Office of Child & Family Services

The Arlington County Office of Child & Family Services serves over 200 private preschool and daycare providers. To view a complete list, click here: https://family.arlingtonva.us/child-care/

APS Pre-K Special Education & ChildFind Office

The Child Find process is a part of the APS Department of Student Services and Office of Special Education.Children with suspected delays, such as  in the areas of cognition, communication, hearing, vision, social-emotional skills, and/or motor skills, are referred to a student study committee to determine whether the child requires assessment for consideration of eligibility for special education services. To learn more, contact the APS ChildFind Office at 703-228-2700.


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