The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) is a high-quality Pre-K program for four-year-old children at Arlington Public Schools and is free to all eligible families. View a recording of our Pre-K Virtual Information Night to learn more about VPI.
Northern Virginia Family Services’ free Head Start program also serves families of children ages 3-5 years old that meet income requirements, to help children toward educational literacy as they prepare to enter public school. Please contact Anisah Bailey at 571-748-2793 for Head Start enrollment and information.
VPI 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.|
HOW TO APPLY:
- Complete an application through our online application portal
- Upload the following documents to the online portal with your application.
|Proof of Income
|A copy of a 2020 or 2021 federal tax return showing adjusted gross income||
Three most recent paystubs
A letter of employment stating salary
If the child’s parents are not working, the following can be submitted: Current Unemployment Benefits Statement, Disability documentation, TANF, SNAP, Housing Assistance documentation, and Child Support Statements
Proof of Arlington Residence
Parents/legal guardians are required to show proof that they live with their child in Arlington County.
|If a family owns or rents property||If a family lives in shared housing (the residence of someone else)|
ONE of the following documents must be provided:
|THREE documents must be provided:|
Any TWO supporting documents that include the parents/legal guardians name and address:
|Proof of Age|
|Proof of Parent Identity and Relationship to Student|
|Any valid Government issued Photo Identification||
LEARN ABOUT VPI
The Virginia Preschool Initiative is a high-quality Pre-K program for four-year-old children at Arlington Public Schools and is free to all eligible families. Children engage in enriching educational experiences, explore learning materials and new ideas, and build their skills as they prepare to enter kindergarten. The Pre-K curriculum is research-based, fosters the development of literacy and math skills, and builds social-emotional foundations for lifetime learning. Each class has up to 18 children with a certified teacher and full-time instructional assistant. The program follows the elementary school schedule Monday through Friday.
- Note: Parents are encouraged to have their child toilet trained at the time of entry to the program.
- The child has to be 4 years old on or before September 30th.
- The 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines are used to determine financial eligibility.
- Families with income at or below the values in the green column are eligible.
- Example: A family of 4 that earns up to $55,500 annually qualifies.
- Families with income at or below the values in the yellow column may also qualify, based on local eligibility criteria, and are encouraged to apply.
- Example: A family of 4 that earns up to $97,125 may also qualify based on local eligibility criteria.
- For questions about income eligibility, call 703-228-8000 (select option 3) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Number in Family/Household||
(200% Federal Poverty Level)
(350% Federal Poverty Level)
*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,720 for each additional person.
**Annual household income is determined by completing an Income Verification form.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INFORMATION
- Applications received between Feb. 1 and April 15 (application window) are placed together in one pool of applicants and are then divided according to the percentage of federal poverty noted on the application. Priority is given to families at the lowest income levels.
WHAT VPI LOCATIONS CAN MY CHILD APPLY TO?
- VPI is offered at 12 neighborhood elementary schools and 4 option schools (See table below).
- The VPI program is open for all eligible children who live in Arlington regardless of whether your neighborhood school offers VPI.
- Students can apply to more than one school based on their home address.
- All home addresses in Arlington are assigned to an APS neighborhood school.
- Enter your address in the Boundary (Attendance Area) Locator to determine your neighborhood school. For questions about boundary zones, call 703-228-6005.
- If your assigned neighborhood school offers VPI:
- Apply to VPI at your neighborhood school, and if interested, VPI at the option schools.
- If your neighborhood school DOES NOT offer VPI:
- Apply to VPI at Hoffman-Boston Elementary, and if interested, VPI at the option schools.
|Neighborhood schools that offer VPI:||
|Option Schools that offer VPI:||Arlington Traditional||Campbell||
Dual Language Immersion Programs at Escuela Key and Claremont
Note: Families can only apply to ONE Dual Language School based on their assigned neighborhood school.
|Countywide option for families whose assigned neighborhood school DOES NOT offer VPI:||Hoffman-Boston|
1. How many students are in each class?
- VPI classes have a maximum of 18 students.
- Each class has a full time certified teacher and instructional assistant.
2. What schedule do the children follow?
- The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program follows the APS school year calendar.
- The hours are the same as the elementary school day for each specific site.
- VPI Pre-Kindergarten students begin on the second day of the school year.
3. What is the curriculum in the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program?
- The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program curriculum is based on Virginia’s Early Learning and Development Standards. The standards cover approaches to Play and Learning, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy development, health and physical and cognitive development.
4. Why is there a home visit?
- The purpose of the home visit is to help the child make a smooth transition from home to school and to create a positive connection between the teacher and the child’s family.
- A home visit is a special time that families can share about their child and their family.
- Teachers will also share valuable information during the home visit that will help a family prepare their child to be successful in school.
- Home visits are an opportunity to build relationships between home and school. When there is a positive and open relationship, children succeed!
- Home visits will likely be scheduled virtually for School Year 2022-23.
5. Will my child attend specials offered at the school?
- Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children participate in art, music, physical education and library.
- VPI Pre-Kindergarten children also participate in other school wide activities and special offerings as appropriate.
6. Will my child be able to take a nap?
- Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children have a rest time in the afternoon.
7. Do you have any resources on toilet-training?
- Parents are encouraged to have their child toilet trained at the time of the entry of the program.
- Toilet training guidelines and resources are available here.
8. Is transportation provided for VPI students?
- Transportation is provided for all VPI students—except for those who live within the walk zone of the school they are attending. Learn more about transportation.
9. How do I learn about my child’s progress in VPI?