Early Childhood Education
A child's early years are essential in developing a foundation for school success. FCPS works hard to provide programs and services that prepare young children and parents who need extra guidance and support to be ready to start kindergarten feeling confident and ready to learn. Some of the early childhood programs that FCPS offers include:
- Child Find - For students in need of special education and related services, Child Find identifies, locates, and evaluates children residing in Fairfax County. Within Child Find, the Early Childhood Identification and Services program provides a range of special education services to preschool aged children. Learn more about Early Childhood Child Find.
- PreK - This preschool program is for children 3-4 years old whose parents meet income requirements. Priority is given to 4-year-olds. Learn more about applying to the PreK program.
- Early Head Start - This program is for children 0-2 years of age and expectant mothers who meet income requirements. Learn more about applying to the Early Head Start program.
Early Childhood Executive Functions
Opportunities to build executive functions and self-regulation skills support young learners to focus on complicated problems, control impulses, set goals and work toward achieving them, and get along with others.
Early Childhood Portrait of a Graduate
What do Portrait of a Graduate skills look like in an FCPS Early Childhood classroom?
Early Childhood Instruction
Through developmentally appropriate practices children are given opportunities to build foundational skills in all domains.
Families as Partners
Parents and families are collaborative partners in identifying their child's strengths and in supporting student learning.
School Readiness and Transition to Kindergarten
FCPS is committed to partnering with families and the community in supporting students.