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Early Discoveries Preschool Program

Program Note for
2016-17 School Year

Beginning next school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will manage the division’s pre-kindergarten program through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The 2016-17 program will continue to provide services to at-risk pre-kindergarten students, and eligibility information will continue to be in accordance with the VPI. Applications and classroom sites for the 2016-17 school year are posted on our new pre-kindergarten webpage. With any questions about the VBCPS pre-kindergarten program, please call the Department of Teaching and Learning at (757) 263-1429.

Early Discoveries is a Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) program contracted with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and is made possible through the Virginia Preschool Initiative. This program is designed to provide quality preschool services to at-risk four-year-old children who are not currently enrolled in a preschool program. For questions and information concerning enrollment for the 2015-16 school year, please call the Early Discoveries administrative office at 757.648.4443.

Who is eligible for the Early Discoveries program?

Early Discoveries serves those children who are continuously exposed to high-risk factors and situations that are likely to have an adverse impact on their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Selection to Early Discoveries is determined by specific eligibility criteria. Risk factors that are considered for eligibility purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • economics
  • single-parent families
  • unemployment or under employment
  • grandparents as custodial parents
  • developmental delays
  • parents have not finished high school

2015-16 Eligibility application | Eligibility Conference flyer

An overview of the Early Discoveries program

  • Early Discoveries is offered free to all children enrolled in the program.
  • Early Discoveries is only for Virginia Beach preschoolers who will be four years old on or before September 30 and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Early Discoveries is an all-day program that meets each school day from September to June of each school year.
  • The staff to student ratio is 1:9. There is a maximum of 18 children in each classroom.
  • Transportation from in-zone and cluster stops is provided by VBCPS.
  • Parent participation is strongly encouraged.
  • Breakfast and lunch are offered daily by VBCPS.

What type of learning environment is created for the Early Discoveries program?

Early Discoveries provides a developmentally-appropriate, hands-on learning environment for children through the use of the Scholastic Big Day curriculum, with "interest centers" such as:

  • blocks
  • dramatic play
  • manipulatives
  • art
  • sand and water
  • language and listening
  • music
  • cooking
  • computers
  • outside play

All materials within interest centers are multi-cultural and free of gender bias. Bulletin boards, dress-up clothes, puzzles, books and music expose the children to the richness of the cultural diversity within the city.

Parent communication includes home visits by the teaching staff, family involvement specialists, oral and written communication, progress reports and parent-teacher conferences.

Where are the 2015-16 Early Discoveries classroom sites?

The classroom sites for the 2015-2016 school year are located at:

Birdneck Elementary
College Park Elementary
Glenwood Elementary
Holland Elementary
Kempsville Elementary
Lynnhaven Elementary
Malibu Elementary

Pembroke Meadows Elementary
Point O’View Elementary
Rosemont Elementary
Shelton Park Elementary
Trantwood Elementary
Bettie F. Williams Elementary
Windsor Oaks Elementary


Last Modified on Tuesday, March 1, 2016