Pre-Kindergarten Choices

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The lottery for all Elementary Option Schools, Pre-K Montessori, and the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) was be held on April 23, 2018. Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the wait list by the APS Welcome Center no later than April 30, 2018. Click here to view the Lottery FAQ for additional information about the lottery process.

Arlington Public Schools Montessori Program
Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)
County Child Care Office

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.

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.