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Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

ACPS offers preschool to qualifying families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The purpose of VPI is to provide quality early childhood programs for at-risk children who are residents of Alexandria City and unserved by Head Start program funding. Eligibility is based on family income and child and family risk factors. VPI is a program designed for families who might not otherwise have access to quality early childhood education opportunities.

Program Highlights:

  • Full-day classes for 3 and 4-year-old children 
  • Highly qualified and licensed teachers
  • A research-based curriculum that emphasizes 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, lunch and a snack are available.
  • DASH Bus is free and available for parent/guardian to transport for pick up /drop off.
  • The school assignment is based on the nearest geographic serving school location. VPI spaces are limited. 
  • Programs are offered at:
    • Early Childhood Center at John Adams Elementary School 
      8:15 a.m.–2:50 p.m.
      5651 Rayburn Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
    • William Ramsay Elementary School 
      8:00 a.m.–2:35 p.m.  
      5700 Sanger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
    • Douglas MacArthur Elementary School 
      8:00 a.m.–2:35 p.m.
      1101 Janneys Ln. Alexandria, VA 22302
    • Jefferson Houston PreK–8 School
      8:00 a.m.- 2:35 p.m.   
      1501 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
    • Minnie Howard Campus of Alexandria City High School 
      8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
      3785 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302



    Preschool Registration


Citywide Early Childhood Programs
1340 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314

Betel Yosef
Administrative Assistant/Registrar