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Prince William County Public Schools offers preschool programs through state and federal grants. Children who attend PWCS Preschool Program are enrolled in school and participate in the USDA food program, a variety of educational activities, and receive family services. Preschool activities help children grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.

How Does My Child Qualify for PWCS Preschool?

  1. Your child must be four years old on or before September 30; and
  2. Your family must meet income guidelines (see income limits below); and
  3. You must live in a school attendance area served by the program (see list of school areas served below).

For more information on applying for preschool, review Registration Information or contact the Preschool Office at 703-791-8708 or PreKPrograms@pwcs.edu.

Income Guidelines

Income Eligibility

Families who receive TANF, SNAP, SSI, or who are homeless or in foster care are eligible for both Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classes. Both Head Start and VPI reserve 10% of the total enrollment for children with an IEP.

Income Limits for Preschool Classes are 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Family Size 200% PGL
1 $29,160
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280
6 $80,560
7 $90,840
8 $101,120
Each additional person add $10,280

Elementary Areas Served

Prince William County Schools is offering preschool programs for low-income families with children between the ages of 4 to 5 years of age living in the following elementary school boundaries (last updated March 11, 2022):

  • Antietam
  • Bel Air
  • Belmont
  • Bennett
  • Bristow Run
  • Buckland Mills
  • Cedar Point
  • Chris Yung
  • Coles
  • Covington-Harper
  • Dale City
  • Dumfries
  • Ellis
  • Enterprise
  • Featherstone
  • Fitzgerald
  • Henderson
  • John Jenkins
  • Kerrydale
  • King
  • Kilby
  • Lake Ridge
  • Leesylvania
  • Loch Lomond
  • Marumsco Hills
  • McAuliffe
  • Minnieville
  • Montclair
  • Mullen
  • Neabsco
  • Nokesville
  • Occoquan
  • Old Bridge
  • Pattie
  • Piney Branch
  • Potomac View
  • River Oaks
  • Rosa Parks
  • Signal Hill
  • Sinclair
  • Springwoods
  • Sudley
  • Swans Creek
  • T. Clay Wood
  • Triangle
  • Tyler
  • Vaughan
  • Victory
  • West Gate
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Yorkshire

Families who live within other elementary boundaries in Prince William County may be accepted only if there is space available in a nearby classroom (within a 5 mile radius). Parents must provide transportation to/from school for out-of-area students.