Virginia Preschool Initiative and Salem City Schools
4-year-old Pre-K classes
2023-2024 VPI Application, you may apply now for SY23-24!
Note: Applying for VPI Preschool is not the registration process. Applications are considered by mid-April. Families will be notified about programmatic placement regarding application status.
If your student is accepted in the VPI program, information will be provided on how to enroll/register at the school.
Megan Crew, Division Coordinator for Early Childhood Programs
Phone (540) 444-0846
The Virginia Preschool Initiative began in 1994 as a part of a program to improve educational achievement. This initiative serves at-risk four year olds who are not being served by Head Start. Students must be four years old by September 30 in order to be eligible for the program. Other criteria include financial need, single parent, EL students, students with disabilities, among others.
Preschool programs are located at the elementary schools in Salem.
Each preschool classroom serves students with one teacher and one highly qualified aide providing a staff/child ratio no more than 9:1. Preschool classes follow the same schedule as the Salem City public school calendar. PreK students ride the school bus with the other elementary students. Students attend the preschool in the elementary school where they will attend kindergarten.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative emphasizes collaboration and strong relationships among the home, school, and local community to provide a quality program which fosters the development of the whole child. A safe, nurturing environment is provided at each location which promotes active exploration, curiosity, and an excitement for learning.