VPK - Voluntary Prekindergarten
If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 (four) years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in this FREE educational program.
Children enrolled in VPK are given the opportunity to experience one-on-one interactions with teachers and classmates on a daily basis, which enables children to develop trusting relationships in a school setting. They participate in active learning experiences that are child-initiated, as well as activities that are planned by the teacher. The curriculum is developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate for each child. Skills that are developed while participating in VPK include: Early literacy skills, Early mathematical skills, and critical thinking skills. Children who participate in a VPK program build a strong foundation for kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-math, pre-reading, and social skills.
VPK Program Options
We offer both a School Year Program and a Summer Program. Our school year program typically begins in August, while the Summer program beings in June. Space is very limited so enroll early. To enroll in VPK, parents must how complete the state registration online and bring the certificate to the center of their choice. Click the link to the right to begin the enrollment process. If you have questions along the way, please give us a call and we'll be glad to help!
Parental choice is a priority; therefore, both private and public providers may participate. VPK providers have flexibility in structuring the hours per day and days per week to meet the required instructional hours:
School Year Program - 540 instructional hours. Our VPK classes typically don't exceed 12 students, much less than the maximum state limit of 20; instructors must have a minimum of a National Child Development Associate credential or Florida Child Care Professional Certificate.
Summer Program - 300 instructional hours. Class sizes not to exceed 12 students; instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree.