Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

  • ACPS offers free pre-kindergarten to qualifying families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The purpose of VPI is to provide quality early childhood 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.

    Program Highlights:

    • School-day classes for four-year-old children from 8:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    • Highly-qualified and licensed teachers.
    • Research-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 incorporated into all aspects of the daily routine.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and snack available.
    • Offered at John Adams, William Ramsay, and Patrick Henry elementary schools, and Jefferson-Houston School.


    • Child must be four years old by September 30.
    • Child must reside in the City of Alexandria.
    • Family income and other risk factors.

    Registration Forms:

    Please note: Acceptance to the VPI program is not on a first come, first served basis.     

    Print and complete the following registration forms:

    Bring completed forms and all verification documents to:

    ACPS Central Office
    1340 Braddock Place
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.