Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

Campbell VPI student uses a microscope to explore a worm. 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.

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

. To apply to the VPI program, you must follow these steps:

  1. A completed VPI application – online at link!
    ( School Mint Application Video: https://youtu.be/qcGEXrnkTp8 (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 Forms A and B are only valid for one year and must be refiled within five days of expiration or the student shall be withdrawn from APS.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.

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

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 students. 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.

Watch our video for more information on the VPI Program: http://bcove.me/seffj1w

Application Information

  • The child must live in Arlington County.
  • The child has to be 4 years old on or before September 30th.
  • The child’s family must meet income eligibility guidelines. Please see the the following chart:
    U.S. Federal Poverty Guideline 2021
    Household/ Family Size       100%               130%               200%               300%               350%
        1                                     $ 12,880          $16,744           $ 25,760         $ 38,640            $ 45,080
        2                                     $ 17,420          $ 22,646          $ 34,480         $ 52,260            $ 60,970
        3                                     $ 21,960          $ 28,548          $ 43,920         $ 65,880            $ 76,860
        4                                     $ 26,500          $ 34,450          $ 53,000        $ 79,500             $ 92,750
        5                                     $ 31,040          $ 40,352          $ 62,080        $ 93,120             $ 108,640
        6                                     $ 35,580          $ 46,254          $ 71,160        $ 106,740           $ 124,530
        7                                    $ 40,120           $ 52,156          $ 80,240        $ 120,360           $ 140,420
        8                                    $ 44,660           $ 58,058          $ 89,320        $ 133,980           $ 156,310
    For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,540 for each additional person.
  • Annual household income is determined by completing the Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form.
  • The child needs to be toilet trained at the time of entry into the program.

When do I apply?

Where do I apply?

  • All applications must be submitted online and additional documents must be received and verified in order to be considered complete.
  • Students can apply to more than one school based on their address.
  • A student’s neighborhood school is determined by the student’s home address. Each neighborhood school is served by one or more schools that offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes.
  • To determine the neighborhood school for a home address, use the “Boundary (Attendance Area) Locator” or call School & Community Relations at 703-228-6005.
  • There are 35 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes located at the following schools : Abingdon, Alice West, Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Hoffman-Boston, New School at Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, and Randolph.
  • Families can apply to :
    –  Neighborhood elementary school
    – The options schools: Arlington Traditional School, Campbell, Immersion Schools : Claremont and Key
    –  Hoffman-Boston ( county wide option for families who do not have a VPI program at their neighborhood school)

Program Information

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?

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 SY 21-22

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

  • Acceptance into the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program 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 and informs parents to select this preschool option only if their child is toilet trained.
  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program does not provide the staffing or have the facilities to provide toilet training for children.
  • A toilet trained child wears underwear during the day at school and at home, uses the bathroom independently, indicates the need to use the bathroom, and is able to remove most clothes as necessary with little adult assistance.
  • A child is not yet considered toilet trained for APS preschool programs if the child continues to have toileting accidents after the first month of school; has 8 or more toileting accidents in the first month, or has a toileting accident three or more times a week during a three week period of a time.

8. How many schools offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is open for all eligible children who live in Arlington regardless of whether your neighborhood school has a VPI Pre-Kindergarten class.
  • VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes are located at the following schools: Abingdon,  Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Fleet,  Hoffman-Boston, New School at Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, and Randolph.
  • There are 35 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes available in Arlington in School Year 2021-2022. Remember that students can apply to more than one school based on their home address.

10. 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.

11. What are the tuition fees for VPI?

  • The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is free.

12. How do I learn about my child’s progress in VPI?

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:

  • A completed CPP application – online at link!School Mint Application Video: https://youtu.be/qcGEXrnkTp8 (additional languages will be added soon!)
  • 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 daysof 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                                 Schools
Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten (CPP) Program
Alice West Fleet
Barcroft
Carlin Springs(Toddler program and 3-5 year old program)
Dr. Charles R. Drew
Glebe
Hoffman-Boston
Jamestown (Toddler)
New Elementary School at Key
Nottingham
Taylor
Tuckahoe

Tuition Fee Schedule :  Tuition FY2021 Rates

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