Charisse Rosario, Supervisor
LCPS Staff Training Center
43711 Partlow Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
Starting Towards Excellence in Pre-School (STEP) is a state (Virginia Preschool Initiative Grant - VPI) and locally funded program that serves children who are four by September 30.
The curriculum is aligned with Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and focuses on early literacy and early math instruction, as well as developmentally appropriate social and behavioral expectations. The goal is to close the achievement gap that might exist between the STEP students, who may be referred to as at-risk, and enable them to perform on a level consistent with their more advantaged peers.
Criteria for enrollment include residing in a family with income levels within guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, having a single or an unemployed parent, having a suspected or identified disability or being an English language learner. Students must reside in a geographical area served by STEP.
STEP has a three hour program with a.m. and p.m. sessions. There are a maximum of 16 students per session.
To enroll your child in the STEP program, he/she must:
- reside in Loudoun County
- be 4 years old by September 30th
- live in a low-income family
If you are a returning family or have applied for another child before, please contact the Head Start & STEP Office at 571-252-2110 to re-apply for the program over the phone.
If it's the first time you are applying for the program, you can use our Online Application.