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.  This program is for children who turn 4 years old by September 30, 2022, who need an extra year to prepare for success in kindergarten.

 

Eligibility criteria includes but is 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 a high school diploma
  • Language and development assessment of the child

 

Accepted students are not guaranteed placement in the home-zoned school.  School placement will be determined based on Early Start zoning. Transportation is provided.

 

Early Start VPI Application

***NOTE***

All applications must be completed online through the Google Form linked above.   

 

Application Timeline


  1. Submit the online Early Start Application.
  2. Application Reviewed by SPS.
  3. SPS will contact you to schedule a pre-screening appointment. 
  4. Attend the scheduled screening appointment (approximately 30 minutes).
  5. Acceptance and Waitlist letters will be emailed at the end of June.
  6. If accepted, registration at the assigned school is required.

February 7, 2022

Application Open for the 22-23 School Year

March-June

Pre-Screening Process* (by appointment only)

May 27, 2022 (Deadline to submit applications) Families who submit applications after the May 27th deadline will automatically be placed on the waitlist for the Early Start Program.  You will be contacted if a space becomes available at your zoned school.

End of June

Acceptance Letters Sent via Email

 

*Pre-Screenings

Pre-screenings allow school officials to select children according to their needs. Screenings for both child and parent will take place starting in March.  Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted with your pre-screening appointment date/time.  We encourage you to submit your Early Start Application to begin the process.