Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program

The Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program, located in 11 elementary schools, provides children with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate in an engaging and comprehensive inclusive Preschool program.

The Toddler Program is a 25-hour-a-week program designed for children ages 2 years and 6 months through 3. It offers approximately 1/3 of the seats to students without disabilities.

The Pre-K Program is a full-day program designed for children ages 3 years and 6 months through 5. These classes have equal proportions of students with and without disabilities.


  • Children without disabilities must be 2.5 years old by September 30th.
  • Children without disabilities must be 3.5 years old by September 30th to be eligible and toilet trained.
  • Priority consideration and enrollment in the program are given to neighborhood-zoned children, children in families below 80% of the median income in Arlington County (currently $113,840 for a family of four in Arlington), and current APS employees.

CPP Application Timeline for School Year 2023-24

Application Window: February 1, 4 p.m. – April 17, 4 p.m.
Application Deadline Monday, April 17, at 4 p.m.
Lottery* May 3 at 1 p.m.
Lottery Notification May 8
Accept/Decline May 19, 11:59 p.m


  1. Complete an application through our online application portal
  2. Upload the following documents to the online portal with your application.
    • Copy of original birth certificate
    • Copy of Identification card of either parents/ guardian


  • Inclusive preschool programs have a positive and profound academic and social impact on children with and without disabilities.
  • Children in the CPP Program 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.
  • 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.
  • Transportation is provided to 4 and 5 year old students in the Community Peer Program if they live outside of their neighborhood school’s walk zone. Learn more about transportation.
  • Tuition is charged on a sliding fee schedule based on family income: CPP Fees for the School Year 2022-2023


For toddlers age 2 years 6 months to 3 by September 30

For children age 3 years 6 months through 4 by September 30
  • Carlin Springs
  • Jamestown
  • Alice West Fleet
  • Barcroft
  • Carlin Springs
  • Dr. Charles R. Drew
  • Glebe
  • Hoffman Boston
  • Innovation
  • Nottingham
  • Taylor
  • Tuckahoe

CPP Program Locations (Spanish) (Amharic) (Arabic) (Mongolian)


3 YO PreK Progress Report- (English) (Spanish)
4 YO PreK Progress Report- (English) (Spanish)