Virginia Preschool Programs Receive $17.5 Million Grant
Virginia was one of 13 states to win a 4-year federal preschool expansion grant. Today we are excited to announce that 11 school divisions in Virginia will be receiving the 3rd installment of that 4 year grant. This grant serves to expand services to four-year olds and their families in high need communities as part of the Virginia Preschool Development Grant know as VPI+. These services include constructing or expanding preschool buildings as well as high quality professional development for teachers and assistants.
Those counties receiving these additional funds will be: Brunswick County, Chesterfield County, Fairfax County, Giles County, Henrico County, Norfolk City, Petersburg City, Prince William County, Richmond City, Sussex County, and Winchester City.
To be eligible, a family’s income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and the child but be age 4 by September 30th of a given year to participate.
During the first year of the grant (2015-2016), over 1,230 new slots were opened for at-risk four-year-olds. As of December, 2015, the number of slots served by these grands were 2,804 with a goal to server of 3,300 at-risk students.
As reported by WDBJ 7 News, Governor McAuliffe stated: "Providing our children with high-quality preschool education is essential to giving every Virginia student the start he or she needs to succeed in school and prepare for a successful career in the new Virginia economy. I am proud of the work our administration has done to expand access to Pre-K for all students, so that a child's zip code or his parent's financial situation does not dictate his or her prospects for future success. These grants will further that mission and help Virginia remain a leader in early childhood education."
"Virginia remains committed to expanding educational opportunities to underserved populations in every corner of the Commonwealth, and that includes increasing access to high-quality pre-kindergarten," stated Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. "This third round of grants will ensure that even more of our youngest students receive the education they need and the resources they deserve."
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