Gloucester County Public Schools is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for our earliest learners through a comprehensive early childhood program for children with disabilities aged 2-4 and for at-risk children aged 3-4. The previous programs, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE or IPOP) and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), have consolidated programs for the 2021-2022 school year. Information is available below.
Other Community Opportunities:
The Bridges Head Start Program is a federally-funded, comprehensive, early childhood educational program that serves income-eligible preschool children and their families. The program is overseen by the Parent Child Development Corporation (PCDC) and is currently funded for a limited number of children and their families in the counties of Charles City, King and Queen, King William, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent. For more information visit: https://www.pcdcva.org/head-start_home/
For the 2021-2022 school year, GCPS preschool classrooms for ages 3 and 4 will operate with the same school calendar as the Gloucester County Public Schools K-12 program, with flexibility at the student or school level based on needs and services.
Two-year old students are identified and served by the Office of Special Education and receive services determined by their IEP team;
Three-year-old students will attend for a partial-day; students served by the Office of Special Education will receive services determined by their IEP team;
Four-year-old students served by the Office of Special Education will receive services determined by their IEP team;
Four-year-old students not served by the Office of Special Education may indicate a full- or partial-day preference at the time of application; preference will be considered but cannot be guaranteed due to enrollment and classroom considerations.
Students not served by the Office of Special Education or eligible through VPI funding will be considered potential tuition-based students, and will be placed on waitlist by age and school zone until space is deemed available.
The early childhood classroom environment is guided by a research-based curriculum aligned with the Virginia preschool standards. This curriculum promotes a child’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical growth. Movement breaks are incorporated throughout the day.
GCPS Preschool for ages 3 and 4 is being planned for all five GCPS elementary school zones. Specialized preschool and the 2-Year-Old program will be at designated sites for centralized access and/or transportation.
Eligibility for the program is determined by current services through the Office of Special Education or eligibility for funding through the state VPI program or related criteria.
Placement at a school site is based on several criteria but includes home street address and proximity to one of the program sites:
Abingdon Elementary School
Achilles Elementary School
Bethel Elementary School
Botetourt Elementary School
Petsworth Elementary School
Transportation is provided for students living within their designated school zone, students placed by the Steering Committee in an adjacent zone due to VPI funding eligibility or class enrollment, or for students served by the Office of Special Education. Transportation might be available for tuition-based students based on route availability and classroom placement.
Please visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/GCPSpreschool21-22
Once your information has been received, you will be contacted to complete forms for your child based on the information you have provided in the online form.
Students currently identified and served by the Office of Special Education will be contacted by staff regarding placement.
All students aged 3-4 by September 30, 2021, are asked to complete the VPI funding eligibility forms regardless of current services to assist division staff.
If you need assistance with the Preschool Interest form, or have questions about this program, please contact the GCPS Office of Special Education: (804) 693-7880.