Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program

Update June 17, 2022:

Due to a high volume of applicants, APS is no longer accepting applications for the Primary Montessori and Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program for the 2022-2023 school year.  We encourage you to consider the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)*, which still has availability, and/or other local options:

For questions about VPI, call 703.228.8000 (select option 3) or email

*FREE program for families that meet income eligibility requirements.

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.

View a recording of our Pre-K Virtual Information Night to learn more about CPP.


  • 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 $103,200 for a family of four in Arlington), and current APS employees.

CPP Application Timeline for School Year 2022-23

Feb. 1 to April 15, 2022: Application Window
Feb. 1 Families are able to upload documents and submit an online application.
April 15 at 11:59 p.m. The application window closes.
April 28 at 12 p.m. Pre-K and Montessori (including Primary Montessori) live lottery online.
May 5 by 4 p.m. Families are notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist.
May 13 Families who have been offered a space for the following school year must confirm or decline attendance.
May 16 The application window reopens for programs with open spaces or for families that would like to get on a waitlist.


  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)