Preschool Opportunities

Due to the current COVID-19 Virus precautions, the Chesapeake Public Schools Preschool Initiative (CPI) Applications and Required Documents can only be accepted electronically, and screening interviews can only be conducted by telephone.


3 children holding ABC'sThe CHESAPEAKE PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE (CPI) is a FREE full-day program for children who will be four years old by September 30th and who live in Chesapeake. The program is designed to give eligible children opportunities to create a firm educational foundation that can be used to achieve academic and social success.

Acceptance into the program is determined on eligibility criteria and identified risk factors, not on a first-come, first-served basis. Risk factors include, but are not limited to; family income, level of parent/legal guardian education, housing concerns or homelessness, and special needs or disability.

Starting March 1, 2021, the CPI Office will begin screening new applicants for the 2021-2022 4-year-old preschool program.

Applications and required documents must be submitted electronically to .

Applications are available at the links below. The deadline to submit CPI applications and required documents is May 13, 2021.  Applications received after May 13, 2021 will be placed on a waiting list to be screened for eligibility.  Selection and notifications will take place by the end of June.

Chesapeake Public Schools Preschool Initiative Application (PDF) Online Fillable
Chesapeake Public Schools Preschool Initiative Application (doc) Print Only
CPI Informational Flyer – English (PDF)
CPI Informational Flyer – Spanish (PDF)

If you are looking for preschool opportunities through HEAD START, please call 757-673-0548 and ask to speak to Mrs. Murphy or Ms. Williams.

OTHER PRESCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
Young students who have identified developmental delays may be eligible to attend classes that provide early childhood special education. Children ages 2 to 5 are enrolled in their neighborhood schools. Individualized educational programs are developed so that daily instruction is designed to address specific weaknesses and build on the strengths of each child. The program is cost-free for eligible students. For information regarding student testing and eligibility procedures, call 494-7600.

REVERSE MAINSTREAMING
Reverse mainstream brings non-disabled children into preschool classes serving children with developmental delays. It allows a variety of children to learn and play together, builds self-esteem, develops acceptance of others, provides age-appropriate peer models, and includes age-appropriate activities. Employees of the Chesapeake Public Schools and residents of Chesapeake may enroll their 3- or 4-year old children in the program. Space is limited and tuition will be a flat fee based upon the days of attendance. Payment will be expected at the time of registration. The child will NOT be permitted to start until FULL payment is received. In most cases, transportation is provided. Applications are available at schools with Early Childhood Special Education and kindergarten programs.

Resources

CHESAPEAKE READY TO READ COALITION MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Chesapeake Public Schools
Chesapeake Public Library
CHIP/Healthy Families
Square One
Cathedral of Faith Christian School
Chesapeake Health Department
United Way (Raising A Reader)

LINKS TO INFORMATION ABOUT EARLY LEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS
http://www.naeyc.org
http://www.zerotothree.org
http://www.childrensdefense.org
http://www.aecf.org
http://www.unitedwayqc.org/bornlearning
Checklist for Child’s Development – Infant & Toddler

INTERACTIVE LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
http://www.getreadytoread.org
http://www.agintheclass.org/
http://pals.virginia.edu/tools-activities.html