Pre-Kindergarten (VPI)

ACPS offers free pre-k through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).

What is VPI?

  • Full day classes for 4-year-old children from 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
  • Certified teachers with degrees in early childhood education.
  • Play-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 are incorporated into all aspects of the daily routine.
  • Breakfast, snack and lunch provided.

ACPS VPI programs are located at John Adams, William Ramsay, and Patrick Henry elementary schools, and Jefferson-Houston School.

VPI Eligibility:

  • Child must be four years old by September 30.
  • Child must reside in the City of Alexandria.

VPI is a program designed for families who might not otherwise be able to access quality early childhood education opportunities. Therefore, there are also other eligibility requirements that apply. Most families qualify for the program based on their income.

If your family does not qualify by income, other risk factors are also considered. An At-Risk Child is considered as one from a disadvantaged environment, whose life experiences may fail to develop language competence, adaptive behaviors, strong self-concept, and individual responsibility. These disadvantages may result in low academic achievement and increased exposure to abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or anti-social behavior. This definition would include a child whose behavior and responses indicate a need for a developmentally appropriate setting OR family circumstances and economics qualify him/her to be eligible for services under the public schools Free and Reduced Price Meals program, Head Start, Title 1, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC) or the Child Care and Development Fund. Please come into our central office to complete the At-Risk assessment.

VPI Pre-registration Process

Please print and complete the following registration forms: