Pre-Kindergarten Choices

Pre-Kindergarten Choices

The application time frame to submit a pre-K or elementary options and transfer application closed on April 15, 2019. Families will be able to log into the online application portal to apply to be placed on the waitlist after April 25 or to verify their application status at any time. Applications received at this time will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist in the order in which it is received. In addition, families are able to monitor their location on a school’s waitlist through the online application portal. For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.


Arlington Public Schools Montessori Program

Arlington Public Schools provides full-day Pre-K Montessori for children 3 to 5 years old. To enter the Montessori program, children must be 3 years old by September 30 and have parents/guardians who reside in Arlington. Tuition for three and four-year-old children is charged on a sliding fee schedule based on family income. No tuition is charged for children who continue in the program for their kindergarten and elementary years.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

The Virginia Preschool Initiative is a pre-kindergarten program for children who are 4 years old on or before September 30 and whose families meet income eligibility. The program runs on the school schedule, Monday through Friday.

Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program

Pre-k children without identified disabilities, ages 2 years 6 months (by September 30) through 4 years old, from the Arlington community will have the opportunity to participate in one of the preschool Special Education Programs through the Community Peer Pre-Kindergarten Program (CPP). The CPP program is designed to support general education experiences for our younger students with disabilities.

County Child Care Office

The Arlington County Child Care Office offers a free Directory of Early Childhood Programs.
The directory contains a description of Early Childhood Programs annually licensed under Chapter 52 of the Arlington County Code. Licensing of facilities indicates compliance with minimum standards for health, safety, and welfare, but it does not constitute a recommendation.

This directory includes a map showing the location of the centers, their address and telephone number, and a program description provided by directors and administrators. Ages range from 2 months to 12 years old. Hours of operation range from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To obtain a free copy of the Directory of Early Childhood Programs, please call the Child Care Office at 703-228-1685.