Virginia Preschool Initiative
The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program prepares children for kindergarten and makes sure they have the basic requirements to get off to a good start when they begin kindergarten. VPI understands that foundational learning is established in the early years. The program was developed to support and guide four-year-olds through specific active learning experiences before they go to school.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has been awarded a four-year federal grant known as the Preschool Development Expansion Grant. Several localities around the state were awarded funding to expand their preschool programs to reach those who have not had access to formal preschool. Locally, this grant will be an extension of the Virginia Preschool Initiative and called VPI Plus. In the first year of the grant, Richmond Public Schools will open eight additional classrooms within their current schools, as well as open two community classrooms. We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to host one of the community classrooms.
The new classroom will be able to provide space for 17 four-year-olds in a high quality community child care program beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. Children enrolled in VPI Plus must be residents of the City of Richmond and also 200% or more below the poverty guideline. Families who meet these criteria that currently attend our school must apply for VPI to enroll in our on site VPI Plus classroom. The classroom must be staffed with teachers who are licensed within Commonwealth of Virginia. The chosen curriculum by the grant is the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which we will use in conjunction with elements of our Reggio Emilia aprroach.