About pre-K

The prekindergarten program serves four-year old children who face economic and environmental risk factors that may impact Kindergarten readiness.

Pre-K is a full-day program that follows the CCPS school calendar and regular school hours. The program is free, and transportation is provided in accordance with CCPS transportation guidelines.

CPS pre-K programs use the research-based curriculum The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. Through individual, hands-on and project-based studies, students build confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills across content and developmental areas to promote positive outcomes.

Pre-K programs are offered at several elementary school sites:

  • Chester Early Childhood Learning Academy serving: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, M. Christian, Curtis, C.C. Wells, Ecoff, Enon, Harrowgate, Gates, Salem Church, Elizabeth Scott
  • Bon Air, Chalkley, Crenshaw, Crestwood, A.M. Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence, Reams Road


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.

Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with a PreK classroom are considered first. To find your school, use the Find my School feature.

Pre-k programs are funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, federal Head Start and Title 1 grants awarded to the school division.


Documents needed to apply

  • Child’s birth certificate (original document)
  • Proof of income for all individuals contributing to the family – provide one of the following: 2021 W2; 2021 1040 tax form; two most recent check stubs; TANF verification; SNAP, SSI, or SSA documents; or a letter from your employer indicating period of employment and salary, child support, and/or unemployment. 
  • Completed dental exam form, dated within the past six months. 

You will be asked for proof of residency during the registration process. 

If additional information is needed for your application, a staff member will contact you.

For more information     

[email protected]
804-706-6061 (English)
804-706-6062 (Spanish)

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