• Preschool applications for the 2024-25 school year are now open! Learn more.

  • Preschool applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now open!

    Apply to Preschool!  

    Open House Event

    Do you have a 3 or 4-year-old who is eligible to attend Roanoke City Public Schools' preschool program next fall? Learn more about our preschool application process and fill out an application on-site at our Open House event!

    What: Kickstart Your Preschool Applications
    When: Wednesday, May 29 1801 Dunbar Street NW

    The RCPS food truck, Star City Eats, will also be on-site to provide food and family engagement activities. 

    About Our Programs

    Preschool programs are provided by Roanoke City Public Schools to eligible 2, 3, and 4-year-old children residing within the division. Classrooms are staffed by certified teachers and by instructional assistants. Bus transportation is provided at no cost.

    View the information below to learn more about our preschool programs:

    • VPI Program Offerings: The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) is a state-funded school and community-based program that provides quality preschool programs for at-risk 3 and 4-year-old children unserved by the federal Head Start program. VPI programs are located in 15 of our 17 elementary schools and serve Roanoke City residents.
    • Special Education for Preschoolers: REACH provides special education services for children. Together with parents/guardians, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed based on the student's evaluation and/or needs. 


    School Sites

    • Crystal Spring Elementary
    • Fairview Elementary
    • Fallon Park Elementary
    • Fishburn Park Elementary
    • Garden City Elementary
    • Grandin Court Elementary
    • Highland Park Elementary
    • Hurt Park Elementary
    • Lincoln Terrace Elementary
    • Morningside Elementary
    • Roanoke Academy for Math & Science
    • Round Hill Elementary
    • Virginia Heights Elementary
    • Wasena Elementary
    • Westside Elementary
    • Supervisor of Early Learning
      Mary-Katherine Schmidt
      (540) 853-1438 |  marykschmidt@rcps.info
      Supervisor of Early Childhood Special Education
      Quanna C. Pannell
      (540) 853-1646 | qcpannell@rcps.info

       Supervisor of Early Learning reports to the Elementary Education Team, which is led by:
      Dr. Eric Anderson
      Dr. Eric Anderson
      Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
      (540) 853-2300 | eanderson@rcps.info

       Supervisor of Early Childhood Special Education reports to Student Services, which is led by:

      Haley Poland
      Dr. Hayley Poland
      Assistant Superintendent Student Services
      (540) 853-1393 | hpoland@rcps.info 

      Elementary Education is part of the Academics team, which reports to:
      Archie Freeman
      Archie Freeman III
      Chief Academic Officer
      (540) 853-6113 | afreeman@rcps.info