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Henrico County Public Schools offers a preschool program to children who meet specific criteria at many elementary schools. 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. Through implementation of a developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum, students are engaged in learning literacy. This includes 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.

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Early Learning Preschool is funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative and federal Head Start grants awarded to the school division. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of preschool spots are available.

Children must be four 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.

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The online application for the 2021-22 school year is now open. 

Families can submit an application at (English) or (Spanish).

Here are the documents you’ll need to upload with your application:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate (original document). If in a language other than English, you must provide a translated copy in English. 
  • Proof of income for all individuals contributing to the family. You may provide one of the following: 2020 W2; 2020 1040 tax form; two most recent check stubs; TANF verification; or a letter from your employer indicating period of employment and salary, child support, social security benefits and/or unemployment. 
  • Current lease/mortgage agreement. If not in your name, you must complete a residency affidavit, which must be notarized by a notary. The homeowner or person renting the home must be present with you at the time of your scheduled appointment. 
  • Current utility bill (gas, electric, water, etc.) in your name, dated within the past 30 days. 
  • 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:

  • Adams
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Baker
  • Chamberlayne
  • Crestview
  • Donahoe
  • Echo Lake
  • Glen Lea
  • Greenwood
  • Harvie
  • Highland Springs
  • Holladay

Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with an Early Learning Preschool classroom are considered first.

Contact Information:

For the fastest response to any questions regarding HCPS’ Early Learning Preschool program, email 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.