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Early Childhood Preschool

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year!
 
2022-2023
Welcome to The Learning Center Preschool! 
Please read the webpage, watch the video, and/or view the slides to learn more! 
 
The Learning Center is our Four-Year-Old Preschool program that addresses student's physical, academic, social, and emotional needs at no cost. The Learning Center Preschool operates on full day schedule and follows the Isle of Wight School calendar. We only off in-person preschool. The school hours are from 8:35 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Students are provided transportation from designated bus stops determined by the IWCS Transportation Department. Breakfast and Lunch is available. 
 
We have classrooms at four of our elementary schools. The locations are below.
* Hardy Elementary
* Carrsville Elementary
* Windsor Elementary
* Carrolton Elementary 
Each classroom has one certified teacher and is supported by one full day instructional assistant. Class sizes are between 18 and 20 students. Parent/Guardian participation is also expected through student conferences, family workshops, and other forms of communication like email, telephone, Remind, etc. 
Eligibility Requirements of the Program 
Our Learning Center Preschool 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 30th, 2022 and live in Isle of Wight County. 
 
The Learning Center Preschool Program is designed for children who have experienced or may be exposed to factors that could negatively impact their school success.
All families are encouraged to apply, but slots will be filled based on student need.
 
The following criteria is set forth by the VDOE to determine eligibility and includes: 
* 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 hardship
* 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 a student with special needs or disabilities
 
Additional risk factors can be considered when determining eligibility and include:
* The child is raised by relatives. 
* The child is a foster child.
* The child lives with a parent who is chronically ill. 
* The child does not speak English. 
* The child has an identified special need or disability. 
* The child's parent or guardian is incarcerated. 
* The child lives in a single parent home. 
* The child's parent or guardian is on military deployment. 
* The child's family has experienced hardship due to Covid-19. 
Application Timeline
 
Applications are being received now and May 1st, 2022 for the initial collection. The application window will remain open through the 2022-2023 school year. There are a limited number of slots. All parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the application; however, there is no guarantee that the child will be accepted into the program. It is not first come, first serve. Being accepted into the program is determined by eligibility requirements set forth by the state (VDOE).
 
Parents/guardians will be notified, via email, if the child was accepted, ineligible, or put on a waitlist by June 1st, 2022. If the child was accepted, the child needs to be registered at the zone school. This will occur at an Orientation & Registration Family Event during the summer and will be when you provide the child's original birth certificate and photo ID of adult. 
 
Children who are not accepted into the program, but are found eligible, will be placed on a 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. Parents/guardians will be notified, via email. It is the goal to have all 18 to 20 slots at each location filled throughout the school year. 
Application Process 
You must find out if your are eligible for our program by completing this application and submitting documents BEFORE you register your child on the enrollment page. 
 
1) Complete the online Google Form Application. Online applications are preferred. If you would like a paper copy of the application, please email hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us. If you are unable to access the online application or need support in completing it, please contact Haley Cooprider at (757) 357-4393 or email hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us.
 
2) Email, mail or deliver supporting documents. The list of supporting documents can be found below. 
 
* Email supporting documents to hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us by taking a picture of your documents or scanning them and attaching the pictures or files to the email
 
* Mail supporting documents to
Haley Cooprider
Isle of Wight County School Board Office
820 West Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430 
 
* Deliver supporting documents to any elementary school or the Isle of Wight County School Board office
 
* Applications received without the proper supporting documents will not be processed. 
 
3) Participate in a screening interview. Haley Cooprider will reach out to schedule a screening interview. This can take place on the telephone, over Zoom, or in-person. The meeting will take about 30 minutes. 
 
4) Wait for Acceptance. The current anticipated notification of accepted is June 1st, 2022. 
 
Application Submission List
 
In order to apply for admission, please complete and/or submit the following items, no later than May 1st, 2022. 
 
1) Complete the online Learning Center Application (If you would like a paper copy of the application, please email hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us. If you are unable to access the online application or need support in completing it, please contact Haley Cooprider at (757) 357-4393 or email hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us.
 
2) Income Verification (Please submit one of the following for both working adults in the home.) 
* 2021 Tax Return
* 2021 W-2
* Two (2) most recent pay stubs
 
If you are not currently employed, you will need to complete the Employment/Unemployment Verification Form. The form is below.
3) Other Income Verification (Please submit the following if they are applicable.) 
* SSI, TANF, SNAP
* Child Support Documentation
 
4) Comprehension Physical Examination Record The form is below.
 
5) Immunization Record The form is below.
6) Custody Court Order (if applicable)
 
7) Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Eligibility Plan (if applicable) 
 
8) Foster Care Plan (if applicable) 
 
9) Proof of Residency in Isle of Wight County
If you own or rent your home, ONE (1) of the following is needed.
* Mortgage contract with date of occupancy or completion with mortgage amount blacked out
* Lease agreement signed by Leaser and Leas-see 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 recipient
 
If none of the above are available, TWO (2) of the following is needed. 
* Mortgage bill statement
* Real Estate Tax receipt showing the correct 911 address 
* Utility bills indicating the name of residence and 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 and you have no bills in your name, the Shared Housing Form will need to be completed. Please be advised that that Shared Housing Form must be completed annually. Proof of residency are also required for the person who owns or rents the home. The form is below. 
If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Haley Cooprider at (757) 357-4393 or email hcooprider@iwcs.k12.va.us. :)