Early Start

Early Start Program
The Early Start/VPI (Virginia Preschool Initiative) program is designed to reduce disparities among young children upon formal school entry and to reduce or eliminate risk factors that lead to early academic failure for children who turn 4 years old by September 30, 2021, who need an extra year to prepare for success in kindergarten.

Eligibility criteria includes but not limited to these factors:  Family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (or below 350% for students with special needs or disabilities), family homelessness, parents/guardians lack high school diploma, and/or language and development assessment of child.

Accepted students are not guaranteed placement in the home-zoned school. Because Early Start classes are not located in each elementary school, school placement will be determined based on Early Start zoning.  Transportation is provided.

Early Start VPI Application

To complete this application, you may need to download the free version of Acrobat Reader

Please mail your completed application to the Suffolk Public Schools Administrative Offices at 100 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA, 23434 to the attention of Pam Connor.

You may also return your completed application to any of our elementary schools. 


Pre-screenings allow school officials to select children according to their needs. Screenings for both child and parent will take place starting in April. We encourage you to submit your Early Start Application to begin the process.