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.

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

HOW TO APPLY


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

  • Child’s certified birth certificate (original document).
  • 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 will need to complete a residency affidavit, which we will notarize. 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, 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.

If anything is missing in your application, a staff member will contact you.

Prekindergarten Classroom Sites:

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

CONTACT INFORMATION     

Please email any questions to ccpspreschool@ccpsnet.net or call our office at 804-706-6061.

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 is one of multiple federal programs which was first authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The program provides funds to school divisions across the country. Title I puts federal money into schools where there is a high percentage of students who are eligible to receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. The funds are used to supplement – not replace – what is provided for all other schools.

There are 22 schools in Chesterfield County that receive Title I funds; 21 elementary schools and 1 middle school.

Click on the link to view documents pertaining to your school.

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

Title I funding helps 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 innovative, engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Title I has an office dedicated to supporting all 22 of our schools in Chesterfield County. Our Title I staff includes:

Jennifer Timmons, Title I Coordinator
Leslie McClain, Title I Budget Technician
Shannon Davis, Title I Budget Technician
Alexandra Hicks, Title I Administrative Secretary
Crystal Miller, Math Support Specialist
Rhonda Burch, Literacy Support Specialist
Elizabeth Kingdom, Instructional Support Specialist
Katherine Johnson, PreK Support Specialist
Mayra Alvarez, Family and Community Engagement Support Specialist

Our office is located in The Thomas R. Fulghum Center at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull:
13900 Hull Street Road
Chesterfield, VA 23112

District Wide Family Engagement Plan