Preschool

3 Year Old Preschool Program - 2020-2021 
The state budget may contain additional funds for an expanded 3 year old preschool program for the 2020-2021 school year.  Sign up to get on the waiting list today, please sign up by April  24, 2020. Opening and number of slots for the program will not be determined before July 1. Please use the following link to place your child on the waiting list. 3 Year Old Informational Flyer 

Virginia Preschool Initiative (4 year old Preschool Program) 

Online 4 Year Old Preschool Application.  Paper copies linked below.

New VPI Application for 2020-2021.  You may apply now! 

Espanol Aplicacion 2020-2021

Note: Applying for VPI Preschool is not the registration process. If you are accepted in the VPI program information will be provided on how to enroll/register at the school. 

Emily Altizer - Administrator of Literacy Programs and Preschool
Phone (540) 382-5100, extension 1044
Email: emilyaltizer@mcps.org

The Virginia Preschool Initiative began in 1994 as a part of a program to improve educational achievement.  This initiative serves at-risk four year olds who are not being served by Head Start.  Students must be four years old by September 30 in order to be eligible for the program.

Preschool programs are located in eight elementary schools in Montgomery County:

  • Auburn Elementary
  • Belview Elementary (two classrooms) 
  • Christiansburg Primary
  • Eastern Montgomery Elementary (two classrooms)
  • Falling Branch Elementary
  • Gilbert Linkous Elementary
  • Margaret Beeks Elementary
  • Price's Fork Elementary (two classrooms)

Each preschool classroom serves no more than 18 four year olds with one teacher and one highly qualified aide providing a staff/child ratio of 9:1.  Classes meet on all school days and students ride the school bus with other elementary students.  Students must attend the preschool in the elementary school where they will attend kindergarten.

The Virginia Preschool Initiative emphasizes collaboration among the home, school and community to provide a quality program which fosters the development of the whole child.  A safe, nurturing environment is provided at each location which promotes active exploration, curiosity, and an excitement for learning.

The links to the right will provide additional resources for parents and teachers interested in more information about the preschool program.

Applications may be submitted to the elementary school in your district or mailed to:
Emily Altizer
Administrator of Literacy Programs and Preschool 
750 Imperial Street SE
Christiansburg, VA. 24073

For further information, please contact Emily Altizer, Administrator of Literacy Programs and Preschool , at 540.382-5100, extension 1044 or Lori Phillips, Administrative Assistant for Literacy Programs, at 540.382.5100, extension 1045.

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