Preliminary Applications for the 2020-21 Preschool Program to Be Accepted February 10-28

Preliminary Applications for the 2020-21 Preschool Program to Be Accepted February 10-28
Posted on 02/06/2020
Decorative For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Preliminary applications to participate in Frederick County Public Schools 2020-21 Preschool Program will be accepted from February 10-28. The program will serve up to 60 selected four-year-olds residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Jordan Springs, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones. Parents who would like their child to be considered for admission into the preschool program must submit a preliminary application during the application period at the school in whose attendance zone they currently reside.

Only students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Jordan Springs, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones who will be four years of age on or before September 30, 2020, are eligible to apply. In addition, the maximum family income for program participants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty rates (see table below for income guidelines). Families are to include the following as income: employment earnings; unemployment and workers’ compensation payments; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits; public assistance payments (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF); veterans’ benefits payments; survivor benefit payments; pension and retirement income; interest and dividends; rents and royalties; income from estates and trusts; income from educational assistance, alimony and child support; financial assistance from outside the household.

Parents/guardians submitting a preliminary application are to bring the child’s birth certificate record (issued by state), proof of residency and original source documents regarding all sources of income (employee pay stubs/earning notices, income tax returns, employer W-2 forms or documentation of public assistance program payments).

After preliminary applications have been processed, the school division will contact the families of those students who meet the eligibility requirements to have them complete a full registration packet. Once the full registration packet is completed, the information will be assessed with admission to the program being offered in June to those students who are determined to realize the greatest educational benefit from participating in preschool. Completing the registration packet does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
There is no cost for students to attend the preschool program and Frederick County Public Schools will provide transportation to and from school for all program participants. Students will eat breakfast and lunch at school and be provided with a daily snack. The program will operate according to the Frederick County Public Schools 2020-21 School Calendar.

The preschool classes will utilize curriculum based on Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds. The standards cover literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development as well as personal and social development. Students will also participate in music, art, library and physical education programs. In addition to providing high-quality preschool experiences and activities to students, the program will provide focused outreach to families as well as individualized support for children with unique learning needs, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Additional information is available on the Frederick County Public Schools’ website.

2020 Income Guidelines for the Preschool Program

Persons in family/household 200% of Federal Poverty Guideline
1 $25,520
2 $34,480
3 $43,440
4 $52,400
5 $61,360
6 $70,320
7 $79,280
8 $88,240

(The maximum family income for program participants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty rates as noted above. For families/households with more than eight persons, add $8,960 for each additional person.)