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    Willis Elementary School is home to a great Preschool Program.  The program has special qualifications for enrollment and works to promote a great first experience in the school setting for children.  Research has shown that a positive and enriching environment in Early Childhood leads to success in the child’s future school experiences.  The following shares some information about the Preschool Programs located within Willis Elementary School.  

    Our program is the VPI Preschool, which stands for Virginia Preschool Initiative.  It is designed for 4-year-olds who are considered at-risk due to socioeconomic factors such as income and living situations.  The goal of VPI is to prepare students for Kindergarten by exposing them to the basic concepts needed for understanding reading and math.  Examples include phonemic awareness, letter identification, number sense, and counting.  The children also work on skills to become independent, responsible, and able to form positive social relationships with peers.  The other preschool is the ECSE Program, which stands for Early Childhood Special Education.  This program is designed for children ages 2-5 who have been identified with a disability by the state criteria set by the Virginia Department of Education.  The classroom is a full day, five days a week for children ages 4-5.  Children benefit from specialized instruction to promote development across the five developmental domains: Adaptive, Personal-Social, Motor, Communication, and Cognitive.  Children in this program may also receive Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy as related services when appropriate.