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Preschool Registration

Note: this page contains information for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about preschool registration for the 2023-24 school year.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Eligibility Requirements for School Year 2022-23

  1. Age
    • Your child must be four years old by September 30 (born between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018)
  2. Residency
  3. Income
    • The child’s family must meet the income eligibility poverty guidelines.

2022 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%












































Please note: the poverty guidelines change annually. Source: HHS Poverty Guidelines

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


How to Enroll for the 2022-23 School Year

Step 1: Start your registration process by visiting ACPS VPI Appointments: to schedule a phone screening appointment 

Step 2: Review the VPI registration checklist and gather all required documents: 

VPI Registration Checklist: English (PDF)

VPI Registration Checklist: Español (PDF)

VPI Registration Checklist: Amharic አማርኛ (PDF)

VPI Registration Checklist: Arabic بالعربية (PDF)

VPI Registration Checklist: Dari دری (PDF) 

Step 3: 2022 school year registration forms must be completed entirely to be processed. After creating an online account, select ACPS Use Only for school selection. School assignment is determined by VPI registrars.

2022-23 School Year Online Forms:  English | Español

2022-23 School Year PDF Forms: 

Registration Forms - English (PDF)

Registration Forms -Español (PDF)

Registration Forms - Amharic አማርኛ (PDF)

Registration Forms - Arabic بالعربية (PDF)

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 Amharic አማርኛ (PDF)

Shared Housing Form Arabic بالعربية (PDF)

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

Step 4: Complete medical documents: Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (PDF)

  • Physical examination report
  • Immunization record
  • TB Screening

Step 5: After your phone screening and reviewing required documents, a VPI registrar will schedule your in-person appointment to submit all original documents and complete your registration. In-person registration is by appointment only,  Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

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

March 11, 2022 The preschool registration for the 2022 school year ends (for children born between 10/1/16 - 9/30/17)

April 11-15, 2022

The Office of Early Childhood will be closed for spring break

April 20, 2022

Registration Begins for the 2023 school year starts (DOB eligibility: October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)  Registration is ongoing until March 2023

April 20-June 3, 2022

1st Priority Consideration deadline: families that complete registration by June 3, 2022 will be considered for the lottery and notified upon selection 

June 6-July 29, 2022

2nd Priority Consideration deadline: families that complete registration by July 29, 2022 will be considered for the lottery and notified upon selection 

Aug. 24, 2022

First day of Preschool for VPI students

Aug. 1, 2022- March 17, 2023

Families that complete registration will be placed on the waitlist until a space becomes available.