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.
STEP has a three hour program with a.m. and p.m. sessions. There are a maximum of 16 students per session.
Your family may qualify for the STEP Program if you:
If you are a returning family or have previously applied for another child in the family, DO NOT APPLY ONLINE! please contact the Head Start Office at 571-252-2110 to update your family information and re-apply for the program over the phone.
- reside in Loudoun County (in a geographical area served by STEP)
- have a child who will be 4 years old by September 30th
- meet income guidelines, which is based on 200% poverty level. For example for 2018 a family of 4 can earn up to $51,500 to be eligible for the program.
- have a child with a diagnosed disability or an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
If it's the first time you are applying for the program, you can use our Online Application.