Early Childhood (Pre-K)


Welcome to the APS Early Childhood page!


Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

VPI is a full day Pre-K program located at 15 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.

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Primary Montessori

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. Any Arlington family may apply for this program.

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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 703-228-2550.

Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten Program (CPP)

Pre-K children without identified disabilities ages 2 years 6 months (by September 30) through 4-years old from the Arlington community will have the opportunity to participate in one of the preschool Special Education Programs through the Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten Program (CPP). 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.




APS Office of Early Childhood

RT @LionPrideVPI: After reading A Little Red Hen, PreK and Mini MIPA friends made their own pizzas and lemonade to wash it down! @longbranc
Published November 15, 19 8:28AM