P.O. BOX 2120



April 16, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Preschool Initiative Grant Application Package for Fiscal Year 2005 (July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005)


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Virginia Preschool Initiative application package for 2004-2005. This 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 on a full-day schedule. The Intent to Apply Form must be submitted by all eligible localities by May 14, 2004. This form is located in the application (Attachment A). The guidelines for submitting an application are located in Attachment B.

It is anticipated that 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. However, this allocation formula is subject to change in the final 2004-2006 budget that is adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. The projected local distribution of state funds for each locality for school year 2004-2005 is on an Excel spreadsheet and is based on the estimated formula-driven entitlement available for each locality. This distribution is based on the funding level proposed by the Governor in his 2004-2006 introduced budget to the General Assembly. If the locality chooses to serve fewer children than the total number allocated, by inserting the actual number of children to be served in the Excel spreadsheet, the state and local shares of cost will automatically be recomputed. Actual appropriation, subject to final budget actions by the General Assembly and the Governor, may result in a different distribution of state funds available to each locality. In the event the 2004-2005 funding distributions change from those shown in the Excel spreadsheet due to final budget actions, updated information will be provided to you when it becomes available.

The grant application must be submitted to the Department of Education no later than May 14, 2004. Please send one original, unbound copy with all required signatures to the following address:

Virginia Department of Education

Office of Elementary Instruction

101 North 14th Street-20th floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Attention: Cheryl Strobel


Attached, please find the grant application (Attachment A) and guidelines (Attachment B). A copy of the application, guidelines and Excel spreadsheet with budget information is available at the following website address:

If you have program questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel,(, education specialist, at (804) 371-7578. Budget questions should be directed to Leigh Williams (, budget analyst, at 804-225-2025.