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—See dates below
    Applications are received during the open application sessions at city-wide locations from February through April for the upcoming school year. These sessions are listed below. 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 through December
    Pre-Kindergarten applications are taken from July through December to determine eligibility for the waitlist for the current school year. We accept these as mail-in applications only. With the exception of families in the top three slots on the waitlist, 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. 

2019 Application Sessions

Families interested in applying to the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year should attend one of the eligibility application sessions held February through June. The dates for citywide eligibility application sessions are as follows:

Thursday, May 2, 2019 Providence ES
4968 Providence Road, VB
4 - 6 p.m. Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Lynnhaven ES
210 Dillion Drive, VB
4 - 6 p.m. Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Bow Creek Recreation Center
3427 Club House Road, VB
11 a.m. - 2  p.m. Room 1
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Plaza Annex (next to Brookwood ES)
641 Carriage Hill Road, VB
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PDC
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Arrowhead ES
5549 Susquehanna Drive, VB
4 - 6 p.m. Cafeteria
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Plaza Annex (next to Brookwood ES)
641 Carriage Hill Road, VB
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

*Spanish Translator will be available

Please note:
  • Depending on the number of applicants attending the sessions and the wait time during the open period, 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 via United States Postal Service by July 31.
  • A parent or legal guardian must attend the session to sign all required paperwork.

Please fill out the application below to bring with you to an application session.  This form is also available at any VBCPS elementary school. If you are unable to bring the form with you, we are able to provide one for you to complete at the session:

Click here for the Pre-kindergarten application

What to Bring

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.