Welcome to the APS Early Childhood page!
Families: APS offers 3 early childhood programs for families: Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Primary Montessori, or Community Peer Pre-K programs. Please review the information for each program in the tabs on the left or links below to find out which option is best for your child. Then, complete an online application by April 15, 4 pm. Each program may require different supporting documents.
VPI is a full-day Pre-K program located at 15 elementary schools (35 classrooms). Students must turn four years old by September 30th to be accepted into the program. A student’s family must meet income eligibility guidelines to enroll. This program follows a curriculum that is research-based, developmentally appropriate and has been shown to increase academic and social success for students.
A full-day Montessori Pre-K program is offered at 6 elementary schools (18 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.
Pre-K children without identified disabilities from the Arlington community have the opportunity to participate in one of the Preschool Special Education Programs through the Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten Program (CPP). Eligible students for the toddler program are 2 years 6 months through 3-years old (by September 30). Eligible students for the 3-5 year old program are 3 years 6 months through 4-years old (by September 30). The CPP program is designed to support general education experiences for our younger students with disabilities. Through this program, preschoolers from the community will participate in a high quality pre-k program at an APS elementary school. Our toddler programs provide play-based instruction to target all developmental areas with a focus on communication, interactions with peers and adults as well as fostering growing independent skills. Our 3-5 program provides instruction that is aligned with the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program and differentiated to meet student’s needs. CPP provides pre-k students with and without disabilities opportunities to learn together and grow in all developmental areas. Any Arlington family may apply for this program.
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 703-228-2550.
Arlington Public Schools (APS) offers a high quality, developmentally appropriate kindergarten program. This full-day program is designed to meet the emotional, social, physical, and academic needs of all children and is based on the Virginia State Standards.
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/