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Community Peer PreK (CPP)

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

Spaces are limited. Learn about the application process and required documents.

We’re here to help! For assistance or questions, contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or schooloptions@apsva.us


Toddler Program – Ages 2.5 through 3

  • 25 hours a week
  • Approximately 1/3 of the seats are offered to students without disabilities

Eligibility: Children without disabilities must be 2 and half years old be Sept. 30


  • Carlin Springs
  • Jamestown

PreK Program – Ages 3.5 through 5

  • Full school-day
  • Classes have equal proportions of students with and without disabilities

Eligibility: Children without disabilities must be 3.5 years old by Sept. 30 and toilet trained

Locations: Alice West Fleet, Barcroft, Carlin Springs, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Glebe, Hoffman Boston, Innovation, Nottingham, Taylor, Tuckahoe

Priority consideration and enrollment are given to neighborhood-zoned children, children in families below 80% of the median income in Arlington County (currently $120,560 for a family of four in Arlington), and current APS employees.

About CPP


  • Inclusive preschool programs have a positive and profound academic and social impact on children with and without disabilities.
  • Children receive differentiated instruction based on the Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS).
  • Instructional areas of focus include literacy, mathematics, science, history, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and visual arts.

The toddler program provides 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.


Transportation is provided for students who are age 4 by Sept 30th who reside in that zoned school area but live outside the neighborhood school’s walk zone.

Learn more about transportation.


Tuition is charged on a sliding fee schedule based on family income. 

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Toilet Training Guidelines for Community Peer PreK

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

A.  Acceptance into  CPP 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.

CPP does not provide the staffing nor has the facilities to provide toilet training for children unless your child has an Individualized Education Plan, a Section 504 Plan or a Medical Care Plan that indicates specific accommodations for toileting.

A toilet trained child:

  • Wears underwear during the day at school and at home
  • Indicates the need to use the bathroom
  • Uses the bathroom independently
  • Can remove most clothes and put clothes back on as necessary.
    • Toileting accidents are expected as a rare occurrence. A child is not yet considered toilet trained for APS preschool programs if the child has 8 or more toileting accidents the first month of school. Staff will determine whether a child is toilet trained based on the following criteria:
  • Is aware of the need to use the toilet
  • Is able to independently remove clothing in advance of using the toilet

Toilet Training Resources for Families