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Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) is a five day per week program that focuses on providing a jumpstart on the skills that will help children be more successful in school.  VPI is provided at no cost to families through Botetourt County Public Schools at the following locations:

  • Breckinridge
  • Buchanan
  • Cloverdale
  • Eagle Rock
  • Greenfield
  • Troutville

Applications are being accepted beginning on February 1, 2024 to determine eligibility for the preschool program.  Feel free to attend one of our upcoming registration events:

  • Monday, February 12, 2024 from 12:00 - 6:00 PM at your home district elementary school (if you live in the Colonial district, contact Melissa Caldwell)
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Lord Botetourt High School
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at Lord Botetourt High School

Documents needed:  Birth Certificate, Income Verification, Proof of Residency, Photo Identification

All applications must be submitted by March 29, 2024

Preschool Application Process

Botetourt County Public Schools accepts applications for students who are or will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 30th of the current school year. Acceptance to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program depends on residency and eligibility criteria, and is not on a first-come, first-served basis.  All applications will be reviewed for eligibility after March 29th.

Every year a family must re-apply to the preschool program.

View the information below to learn more about the preschool application process:
Click Here to Apply

Phase One

Families apply for preschool using the Smart2Start Application

To be eligible for the BCPS VPI program, families must reside in Botetourt County and meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Family is experiencing homelessness
  • One or both of the student's parents did not graduate from high school
  • Student qualifies for Special Education services
  • Local eligibility criteria

Phase Two

Families will be contacted by the BCPS Preschool Department to schedule a screener. At the appointment, additional family information will be collected. 

All families are required to submit proof of income.  If proof of income is not provided, no additional enrollment steps will be completed. Acceptable documents include:
  • W-2 form
  • SNAP verification
  • Child support
  • Tax forms
  • TANF verification
  • Social security
  • Paystubs (salary)
  • Written statement from employer
  • SSI verification
  • Benefits/unemployment/other

Phase Three

Based on eligibility criteria, receipt of income verification, and availability, the student will be placed in a preschool classroom. The family will be notified by the Preschool Department of their child's placement and next steps.

For more information about the Preschool program at Botetourt County Public Schools, please contact:

Melissa Caldwell

Preschool Coordinator

[email protected]
(540) 473-8263 ext. 218


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