Chesterfield County Public Schools offers prekindergarten services to children who meet specific eligibility criteria at several elementary school sites. Prekindergarten is a full day program that follows CCPS school calendar and school hours. CCPS’s prekindergarten office’s mission is to provide early childhood education services to Chesterfield County’s four-year old children who are most in need, as determined by the family’s economic needs and environmental risk factors that may impact the child’s Kindergarten readiness.
All CCPS prekindergarten programs utilize the research-based curriculum, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. Our adopted curriculum helps teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices. Through individual studies (which are hands-on, project-based learning investigations), the curriculum helps students build confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills across content and developmental areas to promote positive outcomes.
Prekindergarten programs are funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), federal Head Start and Title 1 grants awarded to the school division. Acceptance into a CCPS prekindergarten classroom is granted as slots are available after a complete application has been submitted, reviewed, and scored. Applications are accepted the entire year and invitations for enrollment are based on the child’s ranking on the waitlist rather than via a first-come, first-serve basis.
Children must be four years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year and reside in Chesterfield County. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. There is no cost to families for the programming and transportation is provided in accordance with CCPS transportation guidelines.
If anything is missing in your application, a staff member will contact you.
Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy serving: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, M. Christian, Curtis, C.C. Wells, Ecoff, Enon, Harrowgate, Gates, Salem Church, Elizabeth Scott
School Based Programs at the following schools: Bon Air, Chalkley, Crenshaw, Crestwood, A.M. Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence, Reams Road
Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with a PreK classroom are considered first. If you are unsure which school zone you reside in, please use the Find my School feature
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