FCPS Preschool Program Frequently Asked Questions


When will the preschool program begin? 

The Frederick County Public Schools Preschool Program will be offered for the first time in the 2017-18 school year.  The program will operate according to the Frederick County Public Schools 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of classes will be Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Who is eligible to participate? 

Students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendances zones who will be four years of age on or before September 30, 2017, are eligible to apply for the preschool program. Students must be fully toilet trained and able to take care of their bathroom needs. In addition, the maximum family income for program participants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty rates as noted below: 

2017 Income Guidelines for the Virginia Preschool Initiative-Plus Program

Persons in family/household 200% of Federal Poverty Guideline
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640
(The maximum family income for program participants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty rates as noted above)

Where will the preschool classes be held? 
There will be three preschool classes offered during the 2017-18 school year. Students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones will attend a class at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School. Students residing in the Redbud Run Elementary School attendance zone will attend a class at the Senseny Road School. Students residing in the Gainesboro and Indian Hollow elementary school attendance zones will attend a class at Gainesboro Elementary School. 

How many students will be in each preschool class? 

Each preschool class will serve 18 students. Each class will have both a teacher and teacher assistant. In 2017-18, a total of 54 students (three classes) will be selected to participate in the preschool program. 

Is there any cost for students to attend the preschool program?
There is no cost for students to attend the preschool program. The program is being funded by a Virginia Preschool Initiative-Plus (VPI+) grant that the Virginia Department of Education awarded to Frederick County Public Schools. Students participating in the program will also receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks each day.  

What will the program offer to students? 
The preschool program will use the VPI+ curriculum which is based on Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds. The standards cover literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development as well as personal and social development. Students will also participate in music, art, library and physical education programs. In addition to providing high-quality preschool experiences and activities to students, the program will provide focused outreach to families as well as individualized support for children with unique learning needs, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Students will also be provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. 

Will transportation be provided? 

Yes. Frederick County Public Schools will provide transportation to and from school for all program participants. 

How do families apply to have their students participate in the program? 

Preliminary applications for the preschool program will be accepted from the families of eligible students residing in the Indian Hollow and Gainesboro elementary school districts beginning on Thursday, July 6 with a special registration event taking place from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Gainesboro Elementary School. After July 6, preliminary applications from students living in the Indian Hollow and Gainesboro elementary school districts can be completed by contacting Preschool Coordinator Angie White or Registrar Carrie Vivas at 540-662-3888 or visiting Gainesboro Elementary School.  

Eligible students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones can also complete the preliminary registration process by contacting Mrs. White or Ms. Vivas or by visiting Redbud Run or Apple Pie Ridge elementary schools. Interpreters will be available during the registration process.  

Parents completing a preliminary application for their child to attend the preschool program are required by Virginia law to present: 
  • Proof of residency - Parents must present two forms of proof that they reside in the attendance zone in which they are enrolling students.
    • Photo ID (choose one):
      • Valid/current Virginia Driver’s license
      • Valid/current Photo ID Card (from the DMV)
      • Valid/current Passport
    • Residency Documents (choose one): (Not accepted: bills more than two months prior to current date, bank statements and phone bills) 
      • Electric bill
      • Oil bill
      • Gas bill (Natural or Propane – if attached to home)
      • Water/sewer bill
      • Cable/satellite TV bill
      • Property tax bill (for residence)
      • Mortgage statement/bill
      • House purchase contract (with signatures & date) (verify address on contract – no additions should be made to original contract)
      • Home owner’s insurance policy (coverage must be current) (verify address on contract)
      • Rental/Lease contract (with signatures & date) (verify address on contract – no additions should be made to original contract)
      • Renter’s insurance policy (for residence – coverage must be current)
  • Certified copy of the student's birth record
  • Proof of Income
    • 2016 tax return or W-2 forms
    • Pay stub (salary) 
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) verification
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) verification
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) verification
    • Written statement from employer
    • Child support
    • Social Security benefits
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Rental income
    • Trust Fund
After preliminary applications have been processed, Frederick County Public Schools will contact the families of those students who meet the eligibility requirements for the program to complete a full registration packet at the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building beginning Monday July 17, 2017. Additional information will be needed at this time including: 
  • Certificate of physical examination from a physician or a health department (completed by a physician no earlier than 12 months prior to the date of entrance into preschool)
  • Certificate with complete dates for the following immunizations from a physician or a health department:
    • DPT or DTaP
    • Polio
    • MMR
    • Hepatitis B
    • Chickenpox
Once the full registration packet is completed, the applications will be assessed with admission to the program being offered in early August 2017 to those students who are determined to realize the greatest educational benefit from participating in preschool. Completing the registration packet does not guaranteed acceptance into the program. 

What criteria will be used to determine which students are selected to participate in the program? 
Since the preschool program will only be able to serve 54 students in 2017-18, the applications of all students will be reviewed by the preschool coordinator and elementary instructional services staff to determine the 54 students who will receive the greatest educational benefit from participating in preschool. Those students will be offered admission to the program.  All other eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and offered admission in order of greatest need should additional space become available.   

When will students learn if they’re being offered admission to the preschool program? 

All applicants for 2017-18 will be made aware of their admission status in early August 2017.

Is the program expected to continue and/or expand in the future? 

Grant funding that will sustain the program for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years has been secured.  The decision on whether to expand the program and/or continue it beyond 2018-19 will be made by the Frederick County School Board after assessing the success of the pilot program, the availability of funds, and various other factors.