Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

ACPS offers free pre-k to qualifying families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The purpose of VPI is to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year olds. VPI is a program designed for families who might not otherwise be able to access quality early childhood education opportunities.

View the flier: English (PDF) | Español (PDF)

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.
  • Most families qualify for the program based on their income, but other risk factors may also be considered.

VPI Pre-registration Process

Please print and complete the following registration forms:

  • Student Registration Form:
    English (PDF) | Español (PDF)
  • Home Language Survey (PDF)
  • School Entrance Health Form (PDF)
  • Student Health Information Form:
    English (PDF) | Español (PDF)
  • Pre-kindergarten Registration Checklist:
    English (PDF)

    Bring the completed forms and all verification documents on the checklist to:

    1340 Braddock Place
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    The Pre-K registrar will assist you with the application process and administer the at-risk assessment. For more information call 703-619-8353.