ACPS offers free pre-K to qualified families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), which provides quality preschool programs for at-risk children who are or will be four years old September 30 and reside in the City of Alexandria.
The VPI Program Offers:
- Classes for four-year-old children from 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
- Highly-qualified and licensed teachers
- Research-based curriculum with emphasis on facilitating language development, social skills, problem-solving skills and physical development.
- Literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music and physical activities incorporated into all aspects of the daily routine
- Breakfast, lunch and snack
Attend a Preschool Fair
|Tuesday, April 10
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
John Adams Elementary School
5651 Rayburn Ave.
|Tuesday, April 17, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tenants and Workers United Community Center
3801 Mt Vernon Ave.
At the fairs you can:
- Learn about citywide preschool programs
- Pick up enrollment forms
- Access community and health resources
Eligibility and Registration
VPI is a program designed for families who might not otherwise be able to access quality early childhood education opportunities. Most families qualify for the program based on their income, but eligibility requirements, such as other risk factors, may also be considered.
To determine eligibility and register, beginning April 9, visit the ACPS Central Office at 1340 Braddock Place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. To download a registration packet and review checklist of required documents, visit the ACPS VPI web page.
VPI Program Locations
VPI programs are offered at James K. Polk and William Ramsay elementary schools, Jefferson-Houston School and the new Early Childhood Center at John Adams Elementary School. The modernized Early Childhood Center at John Adams, which will open this fall, will have classroom space for 360 students and will include students from ACPS Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), The Campagna Center Head Start program, ACPS Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and ACPS Preschoolers Learning Together (PLT).
Last month Heidi Haggerty Wagner was appointed the principal of the new Early Childhood Center. Wagner has extensive experience in specialized instruction and has spent most of her career working with students with disabilities.