Bright Stars

(VPI – Virginia Pre-school Initiative)



Dinwiddie County Public Schools is accepting applications for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (Bright Stars Program) now.  The goal of the 4-year-old program is to provide a healthy learning environment for children whose social or economic conditions may put them at risk of poor school performance.

Enrollment priority is given to children with the greatest number of factors impacting their environment. Some of the factors considered for program eligibility include income level of parent/guardian, educational level or the parent/guardian, child characteristics and other family stressors.

Each VPI classroom is limited to 18 students. Current classrooms are located at Southside Elementary School. The program will operate on the same calendar and schedule as the elementary school. The program does not operate on a first come/first serve basis, rather a continuous enrollment until the program is filled. Eligible students must be 4-years-old by September 30, 2019 and be a resident of Dinwiddie County.

Click here for the Dinwiddie County Preschool Application.  In addition, the following dates, times and locations have been identified for onsite registration:

Date Time(s) Location
Friday, March 22, 2019 8:30am –noon/1:00pm – 3:00pm Southside Elementary
Monday,  April 1, 2019 9:00am – noon Improvement Association
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:30am – noon Sunnyside Elementary
Tuesday, April 16, 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm Sunnyside Elementary

For registration, please bring in the following items:

  • Proof of residency for Dinwiddie County Public Schools
  • Proof of income (tax returns/w-2s for parent or guardian)
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Health form/shot record
  • Parent identification

For more information, please contact Alicia Haggins, coordinator of exceptional programs, at 804-469-4389.

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Due to the severe weather forecast for the afternoon, DCPS will be closing a half day. Secondary schools will be released at 11:00 am. Elementary schools will release at 12 noon. All afternoon activities are cancelled for today.