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Preschool & Early Childhood Education

Preschool Starts August 29th

RPS offers a free, high-quality preschool program for eligible 3-and-4-year-olds living in the City of Richmond.

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Preschool students playing on the carpet

Program Overview

RPS offers full-day, high-quality early childhood education to eligible children through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Early Head Start, Head Start and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs. RPS preschool prepares children for success in kindergarten through the use of The Creative Curriculum and Al’s Pals strategies.  

Preschool students are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they are familiar with from their everyday lives.

Enrollment Resources

Preschool Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Go to to apply

Required Documents for Preschool Enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for RPS Employees

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2022-2023 Frequently Asked Questions for RPS Employees