The Mission of VPI+

As part of the federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG), the US Department of Education awarded the state of Virginia with a $17.5 million expansion grant annually to fund a project called Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+). This grant will allow the Commonwealth to serve over 13,000 at-risk four-year-olds in new or improved high quality classrooms over four years. The new project is an extension of the existing Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), a state-funded program that currently supports quality preschool programs for approximately 18,000 at-risk four-year-olds in the state. The mission of VPI+ is to tranform its existing State Preschool Program into a national exemplar through adoption of effective best practices to improve quality, access and impact in high need communities. VPI+ is working to increase preschool enrollment across the Commonwealth, and to develop a develop a state-wide infrastructure of supports that include curriculum, professional development, and assessment. Eleven school divisions were selected to participate in the VPI+ program across the Commonwealth.

VPI+ By the Numbers in Year 1 (As of December 2015)

State of Virginia

Participating school divisions

building blocks

preschool classrooms

children eligible for preschool

New preschool slots for children

children eligible for preschool

children in existing slots benefiting from VPI+

children eligible for preschool

new and improved preschool slots