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Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program that is provided at no cost to at-risk students who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year. It is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours.

The Pre-K program is made possible through Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Title I grants awarded to the school division, and students are selected based on VPI eligibility criteria and identified risk factors. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are accepted at eligibility sessions offered citywide, and families are notified of acceptance and waitlist status via U.S. Postal Service at the end of July.

The Pre-K program provides children with purposeful learning experiences to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten while also creating a strong educational foundation for life. Through implementation of a developmentally-appropriate, hands-on curriculum, students will be engaged in learning literacy and numeracy that reinforces academic and social development with a focus on phonemic awareness, language enrichment, letters/sounds, decoding and beginning reading and writing. The program develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

When to Apply

Families interested in applying to the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year should attend one of the eligibility application sessions held February through early June.

2/1/2018 to 2/28/2018 Eligibility Application Sessions Flyer – February | 2/15/2018 to 3/31/2018 Eligibility Application Sessions Flyer – March | 3/14/2018 to 4/25/2018 Eligibility Application Sessions Flyer – April | 4/1/2018 to 6/6/2018 Eligibility Application Sessions Flyer – May/June

How to Apply

To apply to the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program, parents/guardians must bring a completed application and various required documents to one of the school division’s scheduled eligibility application sessions. The application is available online and can also be picked up at any VBCPS elementary school.

Please note:

  • Depending on the number of applicants attending the sessions and the wait time, families may be asked to come on a different date.
  • Sessions can take approximately 20 minutes, but wait times may take up to two hours. Parents should plan accordingly.
  • Children do not need to be present at the session.
  • Families are notified of student selection by July 31.

Pre-Kindergarten Application

What to Bring

Parents/guardians are asked to bring the documents listed below to the eligibility application session. Failure to bring these documents to the session will result in a rescheduled screening session.

You must bring:

  • Completed Pre-Kindergarten eligibility application
  • Two proofs of residence/address
    • Current lease/mortgage agreement and
    • Current utility bill (gas, electric or water bill)
  • Child’s certified birth certificate (original document)
  • Proof of income for all individuals contributing to the family
    • 2017 W-2 forms, SSA, 1099, SSI or two recent pay check stubs

You may also need (if applicable):

  • VBCPS Shared Housing form (required if you do not rent or own housing but live with someone else). This form requires:
    • Notarized form
    • Lease/mortgage for homeowner (copy for file)
    • Your driver’s license showing address (copy for file)
    • Current utility bill for address (copy for file)
  • Unemployment documentation
  • SNAP/TANF/WIC (case worker name/phone number, case number, benefits received)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Court ordered custody documents and Custody Registration Form (copy for file)
  • Kinship Care Form (required if an adult relative is providing care to the child)
  • A copy of a current Physical/immunization examination report completed between Sept. 4, 2017 and Sept. 4, 2018. (All students who are accepted to the program must provide this report to complete registration if it is not available at the application session.)


Pre-Kindergarten students must be 4 years old on or before September 30 and meet eligibility criteria. The program serves 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. Risk factors considered for eligibility purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • economics
  • family separation
  • single-parent families
  • unemployment or under employment
  • developmental delays
  • parents having not completed high school

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Sites

The classroom sites for the 2018-19 school year will be located in the following schools:

  • Arrowhead Elementary
  • Bayside Elementary
  • Birdneck Elementary
  • Christopher Farms Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Cooke Elementary
  • Diamond Springs Elementary
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Holland Elementary
  • Kempsville Elementary
  • Kempsville Meadows Elementary
  • Linkhorn Park Elementary
  • Luxford Elementary
  • Lynnhaven Elementary
  • Malibu Elementary
  • Ocean Lakes Elementary
  • Parkway Elementary
  • Pembroke Meadows Elementary
  • Providence Elementary
  • Rosemont Elementary
  • Salem Elementary
  • Shelton Park Elementary
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Trantwood Elementary
  • White Oaks Elementary
  • Windsor Woods Elementary


Transportation is provided for Pre-K students who live in the attendance zone of the Pre-K school sites. If your child is attending a school that is not the home school site, transportation is not guaranteed, and the parent/guardian will have to provide on-time, daily transportation.

Contact Information

With any questions regarding the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 757-263-1492 or email Tracy Griffin at

Last Modified on Thursday, June 14, 2018