Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to children with the greatest need at many elementary schools. Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours.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. Through implementation of a developmentally-appropriate, hands-on curriculum, students will be engaged in learning literacy with a focus on phonemic awareness, language enrichment, letters/sounds, decoding and beginning reading and writing; numeracy with a focus on numbers and number sense; and social/emotional development. The program develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

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The Pre-K program is funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Title I grants awarded to the school division. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of Pre-Kindergarten spots are available.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year and reside in Virginia Beach, VA. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. In addition, students are selected based on the following VPI eligibility criteria and identified risk factors:

  • Family income (based on Federal Poverty Guidelines);
  • Parents having not completed high school;
  • Families lacking fixed, regular or adequate housing (homelessness); and
  • The child having an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Pre-K being the most appropriate setting

Other factors are also considered, but have lower risk values.

When and How to Apply

There are two different seasons to apply for Pre-Kindergarten:

  1. Open Application Sessions - NOW CLOSED - Dates for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted in January 2020
    Applications are received during the open application sessions at city-wide locations from February until June for the upcoming school year. These sessions are complete for this year. Applying does not mean enrolling, but each application received during this time will be reviewed equitably based on established criteria. If your student is not initially accepted, you will be placed on a waiting list. Families are notified of acceptance and wait list status via U.S. Postal Service by the end of July.
  2. Waitlist-Only Period - July until all waitlists are full - NOW CLOSED
    Pre-Kindergarten applications are taken from July until all waitlists are full for the current school year. We accept these as preliminary online questionnaires to determine eligibility. Applicants are called for application screening sessions as needed to verify eligibility criteria. Once on the waitlist, with the exception of families in the top three slots, positions change as new families apply and are added to the list. For that reason, we cannot say the position a family is on the waitlist unless in spot one, two or three.

If found eligible from the information submitted in the application and supplemental forms, you will be placed on the waitlist. Our office will then contact you to set up an appointment to complete the application process by verifying residency, income, and other information when you within the top five of the list.

Waitlists for this year are now full and we are unable to accept more applications.

What to Bring if Called for an Appointment

Parents/guardians must bring required documents to a scheduled eligibility application session. Failure to bring these documents to the session will result in a rescheduled session.

You must bring:

  • A completed application (or fill out one at the session)
  • Current lease/mortgage agreement
  • 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
    • 2018 W-2 forms, SSA, 1099, SSI or two recent pay check stubs

You should bring:

  • A copy of a current Physical/immunization examination report completed within one year prior to the start of the Pre-Kindergarten school year. (All students who are accepted to the program must provide this report to the school if it is not available at the application session to complete registration.)

You may also need (if applicable):

  • VBCPS Shared Housing form --Shared housing situations where a family lives in another person’s home without a lease or rental agreement require:
    • The VBCPS Shared Housing Form, signed and notarized
    • Lease/mortgage of homeowner (copy for file)
    • Your driver’s license showing the current address (copy for file)
    • Current utility bill of homeowner (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
  • Custody Registration Form (for anyone assigned custody other than the biological parents)
  • Kinship Care Form (required if an adult relative is providing care to the child without assigned custody)

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Sites

The classroom sites for the 2019-2020 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

Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with Pre-K classes are considered first.


Bus transportation is available if you live within the Pre-K school zone. If you live outside the Pre-K school’s zone, you will have to provide on-time, daily transportation to the school. Occasionally, cluster buses will be available for out-of-zone students, but those change yearly based upon registration and are not available for every school zone. If you are out of zone, please expect to provide transportation.

Contact Information

For the fastest response to any questions regarding the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact us at Pre-K. You may also call our office at 263-1492; however, because of the large volume of calls received, email is the most efficient way to communicate.