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Early Childhood Preschool

Isle of Wight County Schools is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year! 

2021 – 2022

Learning Center Preschool Program

The Learning Center applications are now being accepted for the 2021 – 2022 school year. This program is designed for children who have experienced or may be exposed to factors that could negatively impact their school success. The Learning Center preschool program addresses student's physical, academic, social, and emotional needs. All families are encouraged to apply, but slots will be filled based on student need. Parent/Guardian participation is expected in the following ways: parent-teacher conferences, family workshops, and other forms of open communication.



Eligibility Requirements of the Program

Our Learning Center Program is funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Eligibility for participation is based on criteria set by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  In order for children to participate they must be four (4) years old by September 30, 2021.


This program is designed for children who may have experienced or be exposed to certain factors that could have a negative impact on their school success.  Factors include:

  • The child lives in poverty as evidenced by family income (at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines).
  • The child is homeless, defined as not living in a regular, fixed residence, or sharing housing due to economic hardships.
  • The child’s parents or guardians have a limited education, such as not completing school.
  • The child’s family income is less than 350% of the federal poverty guidelines in the case of students with special needs or disabilities. 


Additional risk factors that can be considered when determining eligibility include:

  • The child is raised by relatives or is a foster child.
  • The child lives with a parent who is chronically ill.
  • The child does not speak English.
  • The child has identified special needs/disability.
  • The child’s parent/guardian is incarcerated. 
  • The child lives in a single parent home. 
  • The child’s parent/guardian is on military deployment.


Facts about the Four-Year Old PreK Program

The Learning Center operates on a full day schedule and follows the Isle of Wight County School calendar. For the 2021-2022 school year, we are only offering in-person preschool.


Each classroom has one certified teacher and is supported by one full day instructional assistant. Class sizes are capped at no more than 18 to 20 students.


The school hours are:

8:35 – Buses unload

8:55 – Instructional Day Begins

3:55 – Dismissal


The Learning Center is at the following locations:

Carrollton Elementary School

Carrsville Elementary School

Hardy Elementary School

Windsor Elementary School

Students are provided with transportation from designated bus stops.

These are established by the IWCS Transportation Department.

Application Process 

Please complete our online application by clicking on this link to access a Google Form.
To apply online in the school office, request application support, or pick up a paper version of the application, you may visit the school board office OR any of our elementary schools (Carrollton Elementary, Carrsville Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Windsor Elementary). 
Online applications are preferred, however, if you are unable to access the online application or visit the school board office or any IWCS elementary school, please contact Haley Cooprider at (757) 357-4393 or by emailing 
After completing the online application, you will submit your supporting documents.
You can either, 
1) email supporting documents to by taking a picture of your documents and attaching the pictures to the email 
2) mail supporting documents to 
Haley Cooprider 
Isle of Wight County School Board Office
820 West Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
3) deliver supporting documents to any elementary school OR the 
Isle of Wight County School Board Office
820 West Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
Applications received without the proper supporting documents will not be processed.




Application Submission Checklist

In order to apply for admission, please submit the following items, no later than May 30, 2021. We are still accepting applications.

  • Completed Online Learning Center Application (online is preferred, or paper)
  • Income Verification (one of the following for both working adult)
    • 2020 Tax Return
    • 2020 W-2
    • Two most recent pay stubs
  • Other income verification (if applicable)
    • SSI, TANF, SNAP (if applicable)
    • Child support documentation (if applicable) 
  • Comprehensive physical examination
  • Immunization records 
  • Proof of Residency 
      • Mortgage Contract with date of occupancy or completion with amount blacked out
      • Lease Agreement signed by Leaser and Lessee with amount blacked out
      • Rental Agreement signed by Landlord and Renter with amount blacked out
      • If social services are involved, then certification of services listing the 911 address of the recipient
    • If none of the above listed are available, applicant families must share TWO (2) of the following:
      • Mortgage bill statement
      • Real Estate Tax receipt showing the correct 911 address
      • Utility bills indicating the name of residence and current Isle of Wight County 911 address.  Accepted utility bills include electric, water, gas, or sewage.  Telephone and cable bills are not accepted.
    • If you are living with another family in Isle of Wight, the Shared Housing Form will need to be completed in order to register a student.  This form requires proof of residency from the family you are living with.  Please be advised that the shared housing form must be completed annually.
  • Custody court order  (if applicable)
  • Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP or 505 Eligibility/Plan (If applicable)
  • Foster care plan (if applicable) 

If you have any questions about the program,

please contact your school’s office staff or 

Haley Cooprider, Learning Center Coordinator, at 757.357.4393 or email


Application Timeline

Applications are now being received between now and May 1st, 2021 for the initial collection of applications. The application window will continue to remain open through the 2021-2022 school year. There are limited slots and all parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the application, however there is no guarantee that the child will be accepted in the program. It is not a first come, first serve, as it is determined by eligibility requirements set forth by the state (VDOE).


Families will be notified, via letter, if the child was accepted, ineligible, or put on a waitlist by June 1st, 2021. If the child is accepted, the child will need to be registered at the zoned school, which will occur at an Orientation & Registration Family Event during the summer or late fall. More information will be coming. At this time, you will need to provide the child's original birth certificate and photo ID of adult. 


Children who are not accepted in the program, but are found eligible, will be placed on our waitlist. The child's application is kept on file at the Isle of Wight County School Board Office. If a slot becomes available during the school year, applications are reviewed and a child is selected. It is a goal to have all 20 slots at each location filled throughout the school year.