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Chesterfield offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need.

Prekindergarten is offered in 12 elementary schools at this time: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence and Reams Road. Children who are 4 by September 30, who show an educational need and who live in the school attendance zone may apply for prekindergarten. Registration opportunities are announced each year with dates, locations and what to bring.

Prekindergarten students are provided instruction in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, history & social science, physical & motor skill development, and personal & social development with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are derived from scientifically- based research.

The standards reflect a consensus of children’s conceptual learning, acquisition of basic knowledge, and participation in meaningful and relevant learning experiences. The curriculum is based on the Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds. Students are exposed to a language rich environment, daily hands-on activities, interactive instruction, and differentiated lessons to enhance the success of young learners.

The High/Scope Curriculum is used as a framework to set up the daily routine in the classroom. High/Scope is a research based and validated, comprehensive curriculum that integrates all areas of child development across an intentionally planned daily routine. The teacher orchestrates the learning environment to meet academic, social/emotional, and physical needs requirements of the children.

Some indicators of success are listed below for each block of learning.

The child will:
  • develop listening and speaking skills by communicating experiences and ideas through oral expression.
  • develop an understanding of words and word meanings through the use of appropriate vocabulary.
  • manipulate various units of sounds in words.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the alphabetic principle.
  • demonstrate knowledge of print concepts.
  • write using a variety of media.

The child will:
  • count with understanding, and use numbers to tell how many, describe order, and compare.
  • recognize change in groups.
  • identify and compare the attributes of length, capacity, weight, time, and temperature.
  • describe simple geometric shapes and indicate their position in relation to him/herself, and to other objects.
  • participate in the data gathering process in order to answer questions of interest.
  • identify simple patterns of concrete objects and use them to recognize relationships.

The child will:
make observations, separate objects into groups based on similar attributes, compare lengths and mass, and develop questions based upon observations using the five senses.
describe and categorize properties of materials using magnets.
identify simple patterns in his/her daily life and things that change over time.

History and Social Science
The child will:
identify ways in which people are alike and different.
develop an awareness of change over time.
identify that people have wants and make choices.
participate as a member/citizen of a classroom community.

Physical and Motor development Foundation
The child will:
build body awareness, strength and coordination through locomotor activities, non-locomotor (stability) activities and manipulative.
demonstrate good listening skills and cooperative behaviors.
participate in physical activity and explain why physical activity is good for health.

Personal and Social Development
The child will:
demonstrate self-confidence and self-reflection.
show self-direction and responsibility.
interact easily with other children and with familiar adults.
learn and use non-physical ways to resolve conflicts.