Henrico County Public Schools offers a preschool program at many elementary schools to children who meet specific criteria. Preschool is a full-day program that follows the HCPS school calendar and school hours. School hours vary depending on location. The preschool program empowers students with the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences to be life-ready.
HCPS preschool students gain literacy and other skills using a developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum, including a focus on phonemic awareness; language enrichment; letters and sounds; decoding and beginning reading and writing; numeracy with a focus on numbers and number sense; and social and emotional development.
Our program reinforces HCPS’ Henrico Learner Profile and focuses on creative and critical thinking, communicating, collaborating, quality character and becoming an effective global citizen in our increasingly diverse society.
Early Learning Preschool is funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative and federal Head Start grants awarded to the school division.
Acceptance to an HCPS Early Learning Preschool classroom is granted as slots are available, after a complete application has been submitted and reviewed. Invitations for enrollment are based on specific criteria, and are not granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with an HCPS preschool classroom are considered first.
Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year and reside in Henrico County. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. There is no cost to families for the program and 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.
Here are the documents you’ll need to upload with your application:
- Picture I.D. (military I.D., driver’s license, DMV I.D. or other photo I.D.)
- Medical and dental insurance cards.
- Current physical/immunization examination report (showing TB immunization), completed within one year before the start of the preschool school year. Page one must be completed and signed by the student’s parent or guardian.
- Completed dental exam form, dated within the past six months.
- Court-ordered custody papers, if applicable.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP), if applicable.
If anything is missing from your application, a staff member will contact you.
Early Learning Preschool Classroom Sites for 2021-22:
- Arthur Ashe
- Echo Lake
- Glen Lea
- Highland Springs
For the fastest response to any questions regarding HCPS’ Early Learning Preschool program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call our office at 804-328-8104. Please be aware that because of the large volume of calls we receive, email is the most efficient way to communicate.