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Head Start & VPI

Early childhood programs in Virginia public schools provide a foundation for learning and academic success.  School-readiness activities focus on phonological awareness, vocabulary, number sense andphysical, motor and social development.
 
Head Start
Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families.
 
Many Head Start programs also offer home-based services to families and child care for infants and toddlers through Early Head Start.  It is a recognized leader in providing services to children with disabilities, children of migrant workers, and Native American Families.
 
Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)
The Virginia Preschool Initiative distributes state funds to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds unserved by Head Start.