P.O. BOX 2120



March 21, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Preschool Initiative Audio Conference


The Department of Education is pleased to announce a technical assistance audio conference for school divisions and localities concerning the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The purpose of this audio conference is to explain changes that have been made to the VPI as a result of Governor Kaine's proposed expansion of the program and as a result of the final budget actions of the General Assembly for FY 2009. Discussion will include collaboration of VPI services with Head Start providers and private providers. The audio conference will also focus on providing technical assistance to school division staff members who are responsible for completing the Web-based data collection and application for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). In addition to Department of Education staff, Kathy Glazer, executive director of the Governor's working group on early child initiatives, and Denise Branscome, Head Start state-collaboration coordinator, will join the discussion.


The one-hour audio conference will be held on two different dates and times. The first two audio conferences will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The next will be held on Friday, April 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The audio conference is designed for leaders responsible for the coordination of VPI programs within the school division or locality. Division/localities are assigned a time according to the beginning letter of their school division/locality's name. At the appointed starting time, the caller should dial the toll-free number and enter the passcode below.


Date and School Divisions/ Toll Free

Time Localities Number Passcode


April 17, 2008 A-I (866)842-5779 8042252063

10 a.m. 11 a.m.


April 17, 2008 K-P (866)842-5779 8042252063

2 p.m. 3 p.m.


April 18, 2008 R-Y (866)842-5779 8042252063

10 a.m. 11 a.m.

Attachment A contains an audio conference registration form to be faxed by Wednesday, April 9, 2008, to Barbara Young, elementary science specialist, at (804) 786-1703. The form contains a place to list questions you would like addressed at the conference. If you need additional information, please contact Barbara Young by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.






a. Audio Conference Registration Form (PDF)