P.O. BOX 2120
April 20,2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Virginia Preschool Initiative Grant Application Package for Fiscal Year 2002 (July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2002)


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Virginia Preschool Initiative application package for fiscal year 2002. Item 143 of Chapter 1073, 2000 Acts of Assembly (2000-2002 Appropriation Act) provides a fiscal year 2002 appropriation of $20,639,338 for grants to be awarded to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds unserved by another program.

Item 143 C.12.a.1 of Chapter 1073 specifies that the General Assembly intended state funds for the Virginia Preschool Initiative to be used to provide quality preschool programs to at-risk four-year-olds unserved by other programs. Presently, the Department of Education defines unserved at-risk four-year-olds as those children not enrolled in Head Start or Title I.

The Virginia Preschool Initiative provides programs for at-risk four-year-old children that include quality preschool education, health services, social services, parental involvement, and transportation. Programs must be planned to provide services for the entire school year and must operate a full-day schedule.

State funds for the program will be distributed based on an allocation formula providing the state share of a $5,400 grant per child for 60 percent of the unserved at-risk four-year-olds in each locality. The projected local distribution of state funds for each locality for fiscal year 2002 is listed in Attachment B. The actual amount of state funding that localities will receive for fiscal year 2002 will be based on actual program enrollment to be reported to the Department of Education in fall of 2001 and available appropriation.

The grant application must be submitted to the Department of Education electronically no later than May 15, 2001, followed in the mail or hand delivered by one original grant application with all required signatures. Electronic applications must be in Microsoft Word or pdf format and should be submitted to The original grant application should be mailed to the following address:

Virginia Department of Education
Office of Elementary Instruction
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
Attention: Kathleen M. Smith

Attached please find the grant application (Attachment A) and guidelines for submission (Attachment B). A copy of the application and guidelines is also available at the following website address:

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen M. Smith (, education specialist, at (804) 786-5819.