Hanover Preschool Initiative

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The Hanover Preschool Initiative Program is an early childhood development program open to three- and four-year-old children who meet eligibility requirements. We have designed this program to promote a child's school readiness skills and social competencies through attention to health (medical, dental, and mental), education, family support, community collaboration, and parental involvement. The program is funded through Head Start and the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

The Hanover Preschool Initiative has nine classes throughout the county and is funded to serve 159 children. Every class is staffed by a teacher and an instructional assistant. Eligibility for the Hanover Preschool Initiative is based on the age of the child, the income of the family, and other at-risk factors. Guidelines require that the program reserve ten percent of its spaces for preschoolers with disabilities.


Step 1: Fill out the online pre-application If you have applied with our program in the past for any family member, please do not fill out an online pre-application. Please email or call Maria Colon at mcolon@hcps.us or (804) 365-4510.

To apply for the Hanover Preschool Initiative, please apply online with our HPI Pre-Application.

Completa la solicitud en español aquí.

Step 2: Please  make sure to sign up for an appointment via the Google Form that will be emailed to you after completing the Pre-Application. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Hanover Preschool Initiative office at (804) 365-4506.

  • Children must be three (3) or four (4) years of age by September 30, 2021.
  • School bus transportation is available in most areas.
  • Meals and supplies are provided with guidelines.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Hanover County.
  • Note: Priority given to four (4) year olds and 10% of the actual enrollment will be children with disabilities.

You will need to have the following in order to process your application:

  1. Three current verification of residency - One form must be a signed current lease (notarized if not through an apartment complex), a deed, a current mortgage statement from the lender, or a sales contract for the purchase of the residence (signed by seller and purchaser). And two of the following:  current bill for land-line telephone, cable, internet, satellite, water, gas/oil or electricity service; voter registration card; current automobile registration card; W-2 tax document for the most recent tax year; a combined bill and paid receipt for personal property taxes paid within the current year; bank statements, medical bills, or official correspondence from a governmental agency dated within the last two months
  2. Income Verification - (Completed taxes, 3 months of your most recent paystubs, W-2, official letter from your employer, SSI notification, TANF notification, Child Support Order, and a few other legal forms of documentation may be considered)
  3. Official Birth Certificate
  4. Child's medical insurance card
  5. Current physical
  6. IEP (if applicable)
  7. Custody Papers (if applicable)

Mission Statement

Hanover Preschool Initiative Program will provide a program of education and comprehensive services that enriches and empowers the lives of children, families, and our community.

Program Goals

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The goals of the program include the following:

  • Provide a well-managed program that meets federal and state guidelines, delivers services in the most effective and efficient manner, and reflects high-quality services to children and families.
  • Provide a child-centered education program that promotes optimal development and learning for enrolled children and gives them the tools necessary for school success.
  • Deliver support services to children that focus on comprehensive growth and development.
  • Provide a smooth and effective transition into the preschool program and from preschool to kindergarten for children and families.
  • Develop strong partnerships with community resources that enhance the effectiveness of the program's service to children and families.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to achieve self-fulfillment and develop leadership skills.
  • Develop effective collaborations within the community, which enhance the healthy growth and development of all children and families.
  • Promote the maximum and efficient use of all available funding sources to serve the maximum number of eligible preschool children possible. 

Education Services

Hanover Preschool Initiative’s comprehensive early childhood education program has been specifically designed to prepare children for success in school by enhancing preschool children’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Young children learn through purposeful and engaging interaction with materials and their environment. Hanover Preschool Initiative children use a variety of materials, equipment, and technology throughout each day to expand their knowledge and skills in both indoor and outdoor classrooms. Research-based best practices develop healthy problem-solving, social-emotional, and school readiness skills. HPI promotes the growth and development of preschool children and strengthens family members for their roles as parents. Learn more about our Education Services

Family Services

The Hanover Preschool Initiative Family Services specialist (FSS) assists families in identifying family strengths, assessing needs, and identifying appropriate community resources. The specialist helps families set family goals and develop a plan for meeting these goals. The specialist will contact HPI families regularly to work on their goals and to check the overall status of the family. FSS works with the entire family—not just the student!

Referrals for family counseling, winterization, clothing, food stamps, adult education, family literacy services, and emergency shelter are some of the services for which families can receive assistance. Please contact our office if you need a referral or assistance.

Health Services

A comprehensive health care program is required for each child in the Hanover Preschool Initiative Program. This includes medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional services. Emphasis is placed on the importance of early detection of health problems in families. A Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, consisting of professionals, parents, and staff, meets quarterly to plan and ensure that the health needs of children and their families are met. Services for children with disabilities are provided as outlined in the child's IEP. Learn more about our Health Services

Parent Involvement

We believe that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. The family and community have a powerful impact on the child’s growth and development. Therefore, parent and community involvement is essential to the success of the Hanover Preschool Initiative Program. Parent suggestions, concerns, and opinions are greatly valued. Hanover Preschool Initiative’s goal is to help families make positive changes for themselves and their children. Involvement is the first step.

Parents can:

  • Participate in the classroom as observers or volunteers
  • Plan and implement meaningful activities for parents
  • Contact other parents about upcoming events or activities
  • Participate in the process of making decisions about the nature and operation of the program by becoming active in monthly Policy Council meetings
  • Serve on a Hanover Preschool Initiative Advisory Committee


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Phone: (804)365-4506
Fax: (804)365-4633
E-mail: headstart@hcps.us

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