P.O. BOX 2120



May 28, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



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


Due to major budget and language changes in the 2004-2006 Biennial Budget passed by the 2004 Special Session of the General Assembly, it is necessary to resubmit an application for funding. This initiative provides programs for at-risk four-year-old children that include quality preschool education, health services, social services, parental involvement, and transportation. The Intent to Apply Form must be submitted by all eligible localities by June 18, 2004. This form is located in the application.

It is anticipated that state funds for the program in fiscal year 2005 will be distributed based on an allocation formula providing the state share of a $5,400 grant per child for 90 percent of the unserved at-risk four-year-olds in each locality. 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. 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 fiscal year 2005 funding allocations, subject to final budget actions by the General Assembly and the Governor to occur in mid-June, may result in a different distribution of state funds available to each locality. After final budget actions have been taken by the Governor and the General Assembly, if additional changes are made to the program that affect the funding to be received by school divisions, you will be notified in a subsequent memorandum.

The grant application must be submitted to the Department of Education no later than June 30, 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


A copy of the revised 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.