Initial exposure to school helps children gain the skills and confidence to succeed today and in the future; not just in school, but in life. RPS offers full-day, high-quality early childhood education to eligible children through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Early Head Start and Head Start programs. RPS preschool prepares children for success in kindergarten and beyond!
Preschool-age children have active imaginations and learn through make-believe play. Our teachers foster learning by nurturing children’s natural curiosity and our programs are designed to support children’s development through imaginative play, exploration and active learning. During structured activities, children increase their skills in communication, math and problem-solving. Teachers help children stretch their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during science, art, snack time, and other activities. Children engage in a wide range of hands-on activities that challenge them to observe closely, ask questions, test ideas, solve problems and improve their physical abilities. Children develop healthy social and emotional skills, like managing their feelings, learning to express themselves appropriately and developing positive relationships with their peers.
Through the use of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool in all of RPS’s preschool classrooms, children are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they’re familiar with from their everyday lives. Children find opportunities for rigorous skill development like counting, measurement, and language comprehension while also developing positive relationships, gross-motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.
Social and Emotional Learning
By incorporating Al’s Pals strategies into daily instruction, teachers are able to help children learn to identify and express their feelings appropriately, show kindness, manage impulses and behaviors, cope in healthy ways, and solve problems. Teachers help children practice these skills in a caring, cooperative environment through fun lessons, use of engaging puppets, original music, and effective teaching approaches.
Head Start Program
Head Start is a national, federally funded program that provides comprehensive services to low-income preschool children and their families by giving them an opportunity to experience quality, comprehensive child development services.
The mission of the RPS Early Head Start/Head Start Program is to provide high-quality comprehensive services to low-income pregnant moms, infants and toddlers, and preschool children and their families.
Children will receive a developmentally appropriate experience that will make a difference in their academic achievement in school. Additionally, we will enhance family self-sufficiency and encourage the development of the family unit to achieve their fullest potential.
Virginia Preschool Initiative
The Virginia Preschool Initiative is a state funded program that provides quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds unserved by the federal Head Start program.
The purpose of the program is to reduce disparities among young children upon formal school entry and to reduce or eliminate those risk factors that lead to early academic failure.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative provides quality preschool education, health services, family engagement, facilitation of comprehensive services including health, mental health and nutrition education for preschool children and their families.