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Early Childhood

APS offers three high-quality early childhood programs for children ages 2 years and 6 months through 5.




APS held our lottery for PK programs and option schools on April 12, 2024 and families will be notified on April 19, 2024 of their offer of a seat or waitlist position for all of our PK and elementary programs. Families have one week to select a program or school option and with the selection, will come off of other waitlists. APS will be rescinding offers weekly to ensure that the waitlists move for other interested families.

Thank you for your interest in our PK and elementary option schools.

Please note if you already submitted a School Mint application and/or are on the waitlist or have documents pending, you do not need to submit another application.  Families that submit a late application that already have an existing application in School Mint will be removed from their current standing (waitlisted). If this occurs, APS cannot reinstate your waitlist position



The application window for the 2024-25 school year opened on February 1, 2024. Learn about the application process and required documents

Each program shares the goal of setting our students on the course for academic and social-emotional success in future years. Our programs target early literacy and math skills, communication and motor development as well as social-emotional growth in warm and inviting environments across our schools.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) - Ages 4 to 5

VPI is a free program for families that meet income eligibility guidelines.

Primary Montessori - Ages 3 to 5

A full-day Montessori Pre-K program is offered at 6 elementary schools.

Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten (CPP)

CPP provides children with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate in an inclusive preschool program.

Child Find 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 Child Find Office at 703-228-2550.

Find out more about Pre-K Special Education at APS.

Kindergarten Program

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.


Office of Early Childhood

Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204


For assistance with the application, contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or schooloptions@apsva.us

For questions about Primary Montessori, contact the Early Childhood Office at 703- 228-8632

Additional Resources

Head Start – Northern Virginia Family Services

Northern Virginia Family Services’ Head Start program serves families of children ages 3-5 years old that meet income requirements, to enhance and promote social cognitive, physical, and emotional development and help children toward educational literacy as they prepare to enter public school.Please contact Anisah Bailey at 571-748-2793 for enrollment questions and information.

Arlington County Office of Child & Family Services

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