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Preschool Eligibility Factors

Preschool Eligibility Factors
2022-0223 School Year

To be eligible for the 2022-2023 preschool program 

  • The child must live in the City of Richmond
  • The child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 30, 2022

Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility Factor

Virginia Preschool Initiative Eligibility Factors

Risk Factors

  • Below federal poverty guidelines (at or below 200%)   

  • Family is Homeless                                                                                                                      

  • Parent without diploma or GED

  • Child has IEP

Up to 350% of Federal Poverty Guidelines Category                                                        

  • Physical abuse/neglect, family abuse, substance abuse                                        

  • Single Parent Household                                                                                           

  • Parent History of Mental Illness/Medically Fragile Parent                                                

  • Child Living in Foster Care                                                                                      

  • Parental native language other than English\

  • Refugee Family/Newcomer Families < 2 years in US 

  • Incarcerated Parent (current or former)

  • Child with a diagnosed health concern and/or a 504 plan

  • Parent/Guardian on Military                  

  • Child being Raised by a Relative other than a Parent 

  • Two or more preschoolers

  • Child of teen parent (parent <24 years old

  • COVID-19 Factors (signed form needed)

    • Termination of employment of one or both parent(s)/guardian(s)

    • Furlough from employment without pay for an extended period of time for one or both parent(s)/ guardian(s)

    • Parent/guardian resigned from employment due to lack of child care services

    • Loss of child support payments due to termination of employment

    • Negative impact on household budget due to “catching –up” by paying accumulated rent and utility payments that were temporarily suspended during COVID-19 outbreak

    • COVID-19 illness of a family member

    • Death of a family member due to COVID-19

    • Household or family has experienced hardship as a result of parent or guardian being considered essential personnel related to COVID-19 support

    • Child’s behavior and/or mental health has been significantly impacted by COVID-19