Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start in preparing them for kindergarten by enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and communication, social skills, fine and gross motor development and more. By developing a strong early learning foundation, children develop the skills they need to become strong readers and students at an early age and are more likely to be successful in school and in life.
VPK is Free to All 4-Year Olds! Apply NOW!
If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program. Additionally, if your child who lives in Florida and attains the age of 4 between February 2 and September 1 may attend VPK either that program year or the subsequent program year. Your child can attend a school year or summer program. The school-year program includes 540 hours of instructional time and usually begins in August. The summer program consists of 300 instructional hours and can begin as early as May 1. Keep in mind a child cannot attend VPK more than one program year unless granted a reenrollment under Rule 6M-8.210, F.A.C. and a child is not eligible for VPK once admitted to Kindergarten.
Parents have the option of choosing the VPK provider that meets their own family’s needs. Options include: private and faith-based child care centers, private and public schools and licensed family child care homes. Many VPK providers offer extended-day services (for a fee) in addition to their VPK program to help working families.
Enrolling your child in VPK is easy. Simply visit https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/ and start the process today.
Click here for an eligibility chart & FAQs: VPK Eligibility Chart
To find out more about the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program or to answer any questions you may have, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions – VPK or call 321-219-6300. Don’t delay! Enroll your 4-year-old in VPK today!
For a current list of the 18-19 School Year VPK providers in your area, click here for Alpha listing or click here for list by zip codes, or contact Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C) at 321-219-6300.
For a more comprehensive listing of VPK providers and information click here