Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program

The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) programs require families to submit documentation as a part of the application process in person at the APS Welcome Center. Due to the Welcome Center being closed, families will be able to upload all the required documents through their SchoolMint account.The timeline for submitting applications and the required paperwork has been revised to allow families additional time to apply for pre-K programs.

View the Pre-K Information Night Video

The following is the revised timeline:

  • Feb 1, 2021 to April 15, 2021: Pre-K registration window
  • Feb. 1, 2021: Families will be able to begin uploading documents in their SchoolMint account.
  • April 15, 2021: The application for the VPI and CPP programs closes.
  • April 23, 2021: Lotteries for the VPI and CPP programs will be held online.
  • April 30, 2021: Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist.
  • May 14, 2021: Families must confirm or decline attendance to VPI and CPP programs

The Community Peer Pre-K Program provides students the following:

  •  Arlington Public Schools (APS) meets the needs of 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children with disabilities through Pre-Kindergarten Special Education services. We have programs located in most APS elementary schools.
  • 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.
  •  Priority consideration and enrollment in the program is given to neighborhood-zoned children, children in families below 80% of the median income in Arlington County (currently $100,800 for a family of four in Arlington ) and current APS employees.

Application Criteria

  • Must be a current Arlington resident.
  • For the 3-5-year-old programs, children must be age 3 years 6 months by September 30th and toilet trained.
  • For the toddler programs, children must be 2 years 6 months old by September 30th.

Application Process

*To apply to the CPP program, you must follow these steps:

  1. A completed CPP application – online at link!
    School Mint Application Video: (additional languages will be added soon!)
  2. Upload the following documents to the online portal with your application
      a) Proof of Income

> A copy of a 2019 or 2020 federal tax return showing adjusted gross income OR
>Three most recent pay stubs
> A letter of employment stating salary

           b) Proof of Arlington residence
      > A current lease signed by lessor and lessee or tenant and landlord to show that the parent/guardian resides in Arlington County; or
> A sworn affidavit from the owner or lessee of the residence to show that a family and student reside with  them in Arlington County(Form A and Form B-Residency Statement of Parents/Guardians and Statement of Arlington Resident). Forms A and B are only valid for one year and must be refiled within five days
of expiration or the student shall be withdrawn from APS.
> A current copy of the resident’s mortgage or lease must accompany all forms A and B.The registrar will forward a copy to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for monitoring and follow-up.

          c) Proof of Age
       > Proof of the child’s age and legal name –a birth certificate. If the parent/guardian cannot  provide a birth certificate, an Affidavit must be completed. APS has the right to forward a copy of the Affidavit to its law enforcement agency.

CPP 2021-2022 Documents Required to Upload to SchoolMint ENGLISH 1.28.2021
CPP 2021-2022 Documents Required to Upload to School Mint SPANISH 1.28.2021


Please note transportation is provided to 4 year old students in Community Peer Program if they live in the neighborhood and live outside of the walk zone.

Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten (CPP) Program
Alice West Fleet
Carlin Springs
(Toddler program and 3-5 year old program)
Dr. Charles R. Drew
Jamestown (Toddler)
New Elementary School at Key

Tuition Fee Schedule :CPP Fee-FY22-Adopted

Registration Timeline:

Timeline 2021-2022 Application-in English
Timeline 2021-2022 Application-in Spanish
Timeline 2021-2022 Application–Mongolian
Timeline 2021-2022 Application-Amharic
Timeline 2021-2022 Application-Arabic