Apply for PreK and Early Head Start

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying income-eligible children ages 6 weeks to 4 years.

Watch this overview video to learn more about the FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs. Additional information and links to the application are below the video.

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying families who reside in Fairfax County. Your family may qualify for PreK or Early Head Start if you:

  • have a child who will be age 3 or 4 by September 30,
  • receive free or reduced-price school meals, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Social Security Income, and/or homeless per definition of the McKinney Vento Act, or
  • receive resources such as from a shelter and/or the FCPS homeless liaison office.

Though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first serve”, with PreK priority given to 4 year olds. The application process begins January 1st for the upcoming school year. However it is important for all families to apply as soon as possible.

Early Head Start is for children 0-2 years of age and pregnant women who live in the Reston, Herndon and Springfield areas.

Note: The application eligibility, selection and enrollment process is managed centrally at the Office of Early Childhood Curriculum and Grant Management located in Falls Church; not at schools. If you a have question about the application process or status please call the main English Line: 703-208-7900 or Spanish Line: 703-208-7901.

Application and Enrollment Process


If you cannot submit the application online, you must download, print, complete and submit the form(s) below to our central office FCPS PreK and Early Head Start 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church, VA 22042. The address is also listed on the application.

In order to begin the application process you will need to submit the following:

1. Application

Application Form

2. Copy of child applicant’s birth certificate.

3. Copy of residency document(s) which apply to your living situation: lease, deed, or mortgage statement. Note:  If you live with someone and your name is not on a lease or deed then please download and complete the affidavits’ per the enclosed instructions.

Residency and Leaseholder Affidavits

Health Form

When we receive your application and supporting documents, a family service staff member will contact you to complete a family interview and provide you with a checklist of income verification documents to submit to complete the application process. The family service partner assigned to your application will help guide your family through the rest of the application process.

Video - Pre-K Classrooms

A child's early years are essential in developing a foundation for school success. FCPS works hard to prepare young children and parents who need extra guidance and support to be ready to start kindergarten feeling confident and ready to learn.