Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)
Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) offers free pre-K to qualifying families through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The purpose of VPI is to provide quality preschool programs for four-year-olds who qualify (see below qualification guidelines). VPI is a program designed for families who might not otherwise be able to access quality early childhood education opportunities. For more information about the VPI program, please see Pre-K Units of Study.
Manassas City Public Schools utilizes the Virginia Pre-School Initiative to serve at-promise four-year-olds in the City of Manassas. We engage two innovative, shared responsibility models to fully utilize available funds. We recognize that family and community engagement is essential for student achievement. Manassas City Public Schools is committed to developing early learning services that enable families and caregivers, teachers, administrators, community-based partners, businesses and social service agencies, to help their children at school, at home, and in our community. Though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first serve”. The application process begins December 1st for the upcoming school year. However, it is important for all families to apply as soon as possible.
How does my child qualify for FREE preschool?
1. Your child must be four years old before September 30th; and
2. Families must meet qualifying income-eligible guidelines; and
3. Families must live in a school attendance area served by VPI.
Where do I apply?
Please contact your neighborhood school or fill out the PreK Interest Form 2019-20 School Year to start the application process. A student's neighborhood school is determined by the student's home address. Interest form will be open from December 3, 2018-April 12, 2019. Interest form submitted after April 12th will be place on a waiting list.
MCPS schools served by VPI:
Baldwin Elementary 571-377-6100
Jennie Dean Elementary 571-377-6300
Haydon Elementary 571-377-6200
Round Elementary 571-377-6400
Weems Elementary 571-377-6500
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