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.
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.
WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY
The application process for the 2020-21 school year is now closed. Families can still apply by submitting a preapplication online at at https://goo.gl/8ZLunL (English) or https://goo.gl/aQn0ek (Spanish). As space becomes available, our staff will contact you to complete your preschool application.
Early Learning Preschool Classroom Sites:
Arthur R. Ashe Jr.
Fair Oaks (program housed at Donahoe)
Laburnum (program housed at New Bridge Learning Center)
New Bridge Learning Center (website)
Ridge (program housed at Three Chopt)
Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with an Early Learning Preschool classroom are considered first.
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.