Preschool Registration

  • VPI Eligibility Requirements for School Year 2021-2022:

    1. Age
      • Your child must be four years old by September 30 (born between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017)
    2. Residency
    3. Income
      • The child’s family must meet the income eligibility poverty guidelines.

    2021 U.S. Gross Annual Federal Poverty Guideline Percentage

    Household Size The VPI income eligibility is under 200% The VPI income eligibility with other risk factors is under 250% The VPI income eligibility for children with a current IEP is under 350%
    200% 250% 350%
    1 $25,760 $32,200 $45,080
    2 $34,840 $43,550 $60,970
    3 $43,920 $54,900 $76,860
    4 $53,000 $66,250 $92,750
    5 $62,080 $77,600 $108,640
    6 $71,160 $88,950 $124,530
    7 $80,240 $100,300 $140,420
    8 $89,320 $111,650 $156,310

    For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,540 for each additional person. Please note: the poverty guideline changes annually. Source: HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2021.

    Families that do not qualify for the VPI program, please visit the following websites for childcare resources and Child Care Providers as of 1/11/2021 in Alexandria City.

    How to Enroll for the 2021-2022 School Year

    1. Start the registration process by visiting ACPS Appointments to schedule a phone screening appointment 
    2. Registration forms must be completed entirely to be processed. After creating an online account, select ACPS Use Only. School assignment is only determined by VPI registrars.

    Online registration forms – English Online registration forms - Español

    Registration forms - English (PDF) Registration forms -Español (PDF)

    Registration forms -አማርኛ (PDF) Registration forms -(PDF) بالعربية

    You can also request printed forms by calling 703-619-8026 or emailing

    Shared Housing: If residing with someone else, the parent/legal guardian must complete a notarized Shared Housing Form and provide an original copy of the mortgage, deed (with a tax bill) or an original copy of the lease for the person with whom the parent/legal guardian and child(ren) are living. Additionally, the parent/legal guardian is required to provide two supporting documents (in the parent/legal guardian’s name) as listed in the registration form.

    Shared Housing Form English (PDF) Shared Housing Form Español (PDF)

    Shared Housing Form አማርኛ (PDF) Shared Housing Form (PDF) بالعربية


    3. Complete medical documents: Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (PDF)

    • Physical examination report
    • Immunization record
    • TB Screening

    Please note: Spaces are limited. Acceptance to the VPI program is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Only complete applications can be processed for possible consideration for a space; only eligible applicants can be considered for selection. Qualifying families that complete their registration will be placed on the VPI waitlist.

    Important VPI Registration Deadlines:

    • Registration is by appointment only Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • The preschool registration for the 2022 SY (for children born between 10/1/16 - 9/30/17) ended on March 11, 2022
    • The preschool registration date for the 2023 SY (for children born between 10/1/17 - 9/30/18) is will begin on April 2022 

    ACPS VPI Registration Deadlines

    March 29 - April 2, 2021 The Office of Early Childhood will be closed for spring break
    April 21, 2021 Registration for SY 21-22 begins (DOB eligibility: October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017)
    July 14, 2021 First priority consideration deadline
    July 16, 2021 First priority acceptance notification sent out
    July 23, 2021 First priority acceptance agreement deadline
    August 3, 2021 Second Priority consideration Deadline (Families that register after this deadline will be placed on the waitlist)
    August 6, 2021 Second priority acceptance notification sent out
    August 13, 2021 Second priority acceptance agreement deadline
    August 26, 2021 First Day of Preschool
    August 26 - March 11, 2022

    Open registration for the 2021-2022 SY

    Families that complete registration will be placed on the waitlist until a spot becomes available. If a spot becomes available and your child is selected, you will be contacted by the Office of Early Childhood.

    April 2022

    The projected registration start date for SY 22-23

    (DOB eligibility: October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)