Early childhood programs in Virginia public schools provide a foundation for learning and academic success. School-readiness activities focus on phonological awareness, vocabulary, number sense and physical, motor and social development.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative distributes state funds to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year olds unserved by Head Start.
- Appropriation Act Language-This is a PDF document.
- Virginia Preschool Initiative Guidelines-This is a PDF document.
Virginia was one of 13 states that won a four-year federal preschool expansion grant to improve upon the already successful Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and expand services to four-year olds and their families in high need communities. The Virginia federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) is known as VPI+.
For additional reports and professional development resources supporting early childhood education, visit the VPI+ resource site.
High-Quality Preschool Through the Eyes of a Child
The commonwealth's Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus Grant is providing enhanced services to more than 9,500 children and their families. See through the eyes of a child how this program is making a difference for children, their families and their teachers.
School readiness describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component plays an essential role in the development of school readiness.
- Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds - Virginia's Foundation Blocks – Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds describes specific indicators for pre-kindergarten children in the content areas of reading and mathematics.
- Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool – The rubric is designed to assist early childhood educators with reviewing curricula and products to determine if they align with the Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.
- Virginia’s Quality Indicators for Responsive Teaching: Creating a High Quality Preschool Learning Environment – This checklist aligns with the preschool standards and helps teachers, parents, and administrators focus on creating shared, active, and hands-on opportunities for young children to develop their full potential.
- Guidelines for the Prevention of Suspension and Expulsion of Young Children: Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings-This is a Word document. - The guidelines are provided to assist program leaders, educators, and families in supporting the healthy development of young children in early care and education programs. Guiding principles, definitions, best practices for promoting positive behavior, suggested steps to prevent suspensions and expulsions, and resources for promoting social-emotional development are included in this document.
- Focus on Quality: Creating an Early Childhood Classroom Schedule-This is a Word document.
- New VPI Coordinator Training-This is a PDF document.
- Resources to Support Teachers of Young English Language Learners
- VPI Income Report-This is a XLS document.
- Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
- Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) – The national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities.
- School Bus Transportation of Pre-School-Aged Children from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Currently two data collections are required for early childhood programs. For detailed instructions, see Early Childhood Data Collection
- Virginia Preschool Initiative Fall Verification Report – Due annually in the fall
- Virginia Preschool Initiative Application Requirements – Due annually in the spring
- Virginia Preschool Initiative State Funding Based on Student Enrollment - Fall Student Record Collection-This is a Word document.