Welcome to the WPS Preschool Program

  • VPI logo Children are ready to learn. They cultivate 85 percent of their intellect, personality and skills by age five. Young children need real interactions in order to learn. The first five years are also when children build the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. On the first day of kindergarten, teachers expect children to be able to follow directions, start and finish projects, and know when they need to ask for help. That’s where our VPI/VPI+ Programs can help!

    Virginia Preschool Initiative Programs (VPI) and the VPI+ Programs offer four year olds a quality preschool experience. Winchester Public Schools has preschool classes in all four of our elementary schools; Frederick Douglass Elementary, Garland Quarles Elementary, John Kerr Elementary, and Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary.

How Do I Qualify?

  • 1. Your child must be four years old before September 30.

    2. You must live in the school attendance areas.

    3. Your family must meet income guidelines (For example: a family of four would have to have an annual income of less than $51,500 in order to qualify for VPI+).

    4. Students must be fully toilet trained and able to take care of their bathroom needs.

Contact Information


    We welcome your visit to find out more about our schools, our teachers, and what a great difference preschool makes.