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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.

CCPS 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
  • M. Davis, Bon Air, Chalkley, Crenshaw, Crestwood, 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 within Chesterfield County and in a school zone that houses a pre-K program. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. The pre-K programs are funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Head Start, and Title I grant.  In order to be considered for one of these programs, you must meet the mandated requirements.  There is no cost to families for the programming, and transportation is provided in accordance with CCPS transportation guidelines.  To find your zoned school, use this link.

How to Apply

Important Information

We are currently holding applications in order to process the current applicants. We will reopen the applications once we have processed those. There is currently a waiting list for most of the PreK schools. Please call the PreK office with any questions at 804-706-6061. Thank you!

Application - English
Application - Spanish


If you have previously applied for the pre-K program, please call the pre-K office at (804) 706-6061 for English and (804) 706-6062 for Spanish.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • Child’s birth certificate (original document)
  • Proof of income for all individuals contributing to the family – provide the following: 2022 W2s for all employment; 2022 1040 tax forms; 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. 
  • If additional information is needed for your application, a staff member will contact you via email, text, and/or phone call. Your application will not be processed until we have received the required information requested.


After receiving your acceptance letter, to be fully accepted into the PreK program you must:

  • Complete registration at your zoned school of acceptance, and provide the required documents to prove residency.
  • Complete the physical/immunization forms, hematocrit and lead testing, and dental forms before the start of school.
  • Complete a vision, hearing, and developmental screening at the pre-K office before the start of school.
  • Actively participate in one home visit prior to school starting, the fall (November) and spring (May) conferences, and one home visit in February.
  • Attend (in entirety) a pre-K Orientation. (Parents/Legal Guardians only)
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