Henrico Schools seeking children for 2017-18 preschool program

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Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting families for inclusion in its preschool program for the 2017-18 school year.

The preschool program is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2017. The program is funded by Head Start and Title I funds; by the Virginia Preschool Initiative; and by the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus program.

The application process starts Feb. 13. To apply, parents or guardians must pick up an application packet at their area elementary school and submit a pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English at https://goo.gl/8ZLunL and in Spanish at https://goo.gl/aQn0ek. Once the pre-application has been submitted, an HCPS family advocate will contact applicants to schedule an appointment to complete the application process. Family advocates can answer questions about the program and guide prospective families in applying.

To find the elementary school zone for your neighborhood, go to henricoschools.us/school-locator/. Phone numbers for HCPS elementary schools can be found at henricoschools.us/elementary-schools/.

The elementary schools offering the preschool program are: Adams; Arthur Ashe; Baker; Chamberlayne; Crestview; Donahoe; Dumbarton; Fair Oaks; Glen Lea; Greenwood; Harvie; Highland Springs; Holladay; Johnson; Laburnum; Lakeside; Longan; Longdale; Montrose; Ratcliffe; Ridge; Sandston; Seven Pines (taught at Sandston); Skipwith; Trevvett; and Ward.

Families that don’t live in one of the school zones offering the program should call HCPS’ New Bridge Learning Center at 804-328-8100 to discuss possible alternatives.

Children are not admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and applying is not a guarantee of acceptance for the program. Henrico Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff members when scheduling their appointment. Transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with HCPS transportation guidelines. HCPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

For more information about the HCPS preschool program, go to henricoschools.us and click on “Support Services,” and then “Preschool.”