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Early Childhood Preschool

Isle of Wight County Schools is only accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year for our preschool classroom at Carrsville Elementary. 

2021 – 2022

Learning Center Preschool Program

The Learning Center applications are now being accepted for the 2021 – 2022 school year for Carrsville Elementary only. The Learning Center or Preschool classrooms at Carrollton, Hardy, and Windsor Elementary are full.


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 

You must find out if you are eligible for our program by completing a preschool application BEFORE you register your child on the enrollment page.
If you would like to apply to our preschool program, please contact Haley Cooprider by calling her direct line (757-357-0758) or email her at