Early Childhood

Our program is based on educational need. We accept qualifying children who will be 4 years of age by September 30. The program is designed to give children an early start learning language and math concepts along with social skills. Our class caps at 16 students with one teacher and one assistant. We follow the Chesterfield County schedule for elementary schools.

These programs operate five days a week within the same hours as the schools where they are based. The classroom environment is guided by a research-based curriculum aligned with the state preschool standards, which promotes children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth. Children’s development is reported to parents twice a year. Bus transportation is available. Free or reduced-price lunches are available for children from families that qualify.

PREKINDERGARTEN APPLICATIONS/APLICACIONES DE PREESCOLAR

We are no longer accepting online applications. Please call our office at 706-6061 to make an appointment to complete an application. Please refer to the following list of documents that you must bring to your appointment. Incomplete documentation will delay your application.

Ya no estamos aceptando solicitudes en línea. Llame a nuestra oficina al 706-6061 para hacer una cita para completar una solicitud. Consulte la siguiente lista de documentos que debe traer a su cita. La documentación incompleta retrasará su solicitud.

Documents:

  1. Parent/Guardian photo ID and any applicable custody paperwork
  2. Child’s certified original birth certificate
  3. Proof of income by providing one of the following documents:
    • 2019 tax form with ALL W2’s AND two most recent pay stubs
    • Letter from an employer indicating parent name, period of employment and salary for each working.
    • Two recent pay stubs for all jobs worked by parent(s) living in the home
    • If applicable, bring SNAP, TANF, SSI, SSA, unemployment and child support documents.
    • Documents for all other sources of income (Ex: retirement, financial aid, grant funds, sponsorship from another country, military income, etc.)
  4. Proof of residency by providing one of the documents listed on the Registration page.
    Note: Parents submitting a “lives with” form must bring the person they live with, and that person must provide a lease, deed or one of the other proofs of residency. The parent of the incoming student must provide two current supporting documents with his or her correct name and address listed.

Documentos:

  1. Identificación con foto del padre, madre  o tutor y cualquier documentación de custodia aplicable.
  2. Certificado o acta de nacimiento original del niño
  3. Prueba de ingresos proporcionando uno de los siguientes documentos:

      • Formulario de impuestos del 2019 con TODOS los W2 Y los dos recibos de pago más recientes
      • Carta del empleador indicando el nombre del padre, período de empleo y salario de cada trabajo.
      • Dos recibos de pago recientes de todos los trabajos que tengan los padres que viven en el hogar
      • Si corresponde, traiga documentos de SNAP, TANF, SSI, SSA, desempleo y manutención de menores.
      • Documentos de todas las demás fuentes de ingresos (Ej.: jubilación, ayuda financiera, fondos de subvención, patrocinio de otro país, ingresos militares, etc.)
  4. Prueba de domicilio proporcionando uno de los documentos enumerados en la página de Registro.

Nota: Los padres que utilicen el formulario “vive con” deben traer a la persona con la que viven, y esa persona debe proporcionar un contrato de arrendamiento, escritura o una de las otras pruebas de domicilio. El padre del estudiante entrante debe proporcionar dos documentos de respaldo actuales con su nombre y dirección.

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers prekindergarten at several elementary schools to provide school readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Children who will be four years old by Sept. 30, 2020 and who live in the school’s attendance zone may apply for prekindergarten. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. Prekindergarten is offered at the following 22 elementary schools:

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Chesterfield ofrecen preescolar en varias escuelas primarias para proporcionar habilidades de preparación escolar a niños elegibles con la mayor necesidad. Los niños que cumplirán cuatro años antes del 30 de septiembre de 2020 y que vivan en la zona de asistencia de la escuela pueden solicitar para Preescolar . No hay excepciones a los requisitos de edad y domicilio. Preescolar se ofrece en las siguientes 22 escuelas primarias:

 

  • Bellwood Elementary
  • Bensley Elementary
  • Beulah Elementary
  • Bon Air Elementary
  • Chalkley Elementary
  • Marguerite Christian Elementaryo
  • Crenshaw Elementary
  • Crestwood Elementary
  • Curtis Elementary
  • A.M. Davis Elementary
  • Ecoff Elementary
  • Ettrick Elementary
  • Falling Creek Elementary
  • Harrowgate Elementary
  • Hening Elementary
  • Hopkins Elementary
  • Jacobs Road Elementary
  • Matoaca Elementary
  • Providence Elementary
  • Reams Road Elementary
  • Salem Church Elementary
  • Elizabeth Scott Elementary

If you are unsure which school zone in which you live can use the find my school feature. Scroll down to the “Find my School” feature and enter your address. 

Si no está seguro de la  zona escolar en la que vive puede usar la función buscar mi escuela. Desplácese hacia abajo hasta la función “Find my School” e ingrese su dirección.

 

*It is important to note that your child MUST live in one of the school zones listed to be eligible to apply.

* Es importante tener en cuenta que su hijo DEBE vivir en una de las zonas escolares enumeradas para ser elegible para aplicar.

Link to English Application      Enlace para la solicitud

Child Care Aware of VA

What is Head Start?

The mission of Chesterfield’s Head Start program is to provide a wide range of quality services to enrolled children and their families empowering them to foster positive relationships between home, school and the larger community so that they may thrive in their efforts to meet the challenges of everyday life in a changing society.

Here are Head Start’s guiding principles:

  • Children are unique individuals who deserve nurturing, education and support to develop to their fullest potential.
  • Families are the primary educators and role models for their children.
  • All information regarding children, families and staff members is treated as confidential at all times.
  • The cultural backgrounds and heritages of family and staff members are recognized and respected.
  • Effective partnerships are nurtured and all available resources used.
  • Staff members and families work as a team to accomplish goals.

Education

Head Start provides a comprehensive, individualized, developmentally appropriate preschool education program using HighScope and Houghton Mifflin curriculums, which are environmentally based and focus on the development of the whole child while respecting the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of each child.

Child Health, Nutrition and Safety

Head Start embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff members and emphasizes prevention and early intervention of health concerns that may affect child development. Every family is provided support and guidance to obtain annual well-child examinations and regular dental care. Health insurance information is provided to every uninsured family.

Head Start emphasizes the importance of good nutrition, promoting child wellness by providing nutrition services that supplement and complement the home and community. These services help families establish good eating habits that nurture healthy development. Head Start provides nutritious meals and snacks each day, as well as informative opportunities for parents and staff members.

Mental Health

Head Start embraces a vision of mental wellness for each child and his or her family. The program builds relationships among children, families, staff members and mental health specialists to improve awareness and understanding of mental wellness. Head Start contracts with Chesterfield’s Community Services Board, which provides a team of prevention specialists who conduct formal classroom behavior observations of all students. The prevention specialists help teachers develop behavior plans for students and offer training for staff members and parents on topics related to mental and emotional well-being, child development and behavior management.

Family and Community Partnerships

Parent involvement and community resources are vital components of Head Start. This includes the recruitment, selection and enrollment process for the program, as well as the family and parent activities. The program offers parents opportunities and support for individual and family growth. The family and community partnerships manager and family service provider work with each family to identify strengths, needs and individual interests. The family service team coordinates holiday assistance, family focus night activities and annual family events. Specific resources and community referrals are provided for individual families. The family and community partnerships manager works with the Policy Council, made up of parents and guardians of Head Start children and community representatives. The Policy Council serves in a shared governance role with the Head Start management team and staff members. The goals are to support parents as their child’s first teacher, build trusting relationships among parents, staff members and the community and promote healthy development and school readiness in each child.

Disabilities

Head Start welcomes children with special needs and works closely with community agencies, Chesterfield County Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education team and special education staff  members in each school to ensure that children with special needs receive a full range of developmental services. Head Start believes that a child with special needs can often learn more readily in a group of children with varying abilities than in a group designed specifically for children experiencing delays.

Contact Us

Head Start

10045 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Title I dollars help increase student achievement and strengthen communities. Title I programs vary from school to school, but the goal at every school is ensuring that all children have a high-quality education. All Chesterfield County schools, whether they receive Title I money or not, provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Here’s what Title I does:

  • provides additional instruction to help eligible students improve reading, writing or math skills in kindergarten through fifth grade
  • coordinates all instructional activities with the classroom or subject area teacher to foster more effective learning
  • provides a variety of instructional approaches and materials that complement the county’s language arts and mathematics curricula
  • provides individual and small group supplemental instruction
  • promotes self-esteem to help children reach their full potential
  • provides prekindergarten programs in seven elementary schools
  • provides extended day programs both before and after school
  • extends the school year with opportunities and assistance for Title I students to attend summer session
  • encourages parent and family involvement through parent conferences, workshops and home visits

Title I is the U.S. government’s largest assistance program for schools, putting federal money into schools that have a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Title I began in 1965 as Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act and was reauthorized in 2001 in the No Child Left Behind Act. Title I money must be used to supplement — not replace — what is provided by the local school district for all other schools.

Parent involvement at all grade levels is key in all Title I schools. In addition to holding an annual meeting, Title I schools offer these opportunities:

  • invite and welcome parents as active participants in student learning and school activities
  • provide opportunities for parents to gain greater insight into children’s educational, social and emotional needs through meetings and workshops
  • give parents a voice in Title I efforts at their child’s school
  • include translating and interpreting services (available upon request)

Jennifer Timmons is Chesterfield’s Title I instructional specialist. For more information, call 804-639-8697, email ccpsinfo@ccpsnet.net or visit mychesterfieldschools.com.