Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a free program designed to prepare four-year-old children for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. VPK is available to all four-year-olds that reside in Florida, regardless of family income.
VPK provides an early childhood educational experience that supports the development of early literacy, pre-math skills, scientific thinking, and social and emotional development. There are eight domains of development that are included in the VPK Education Standards.
Parents have the option of enrolling their child in a school-year program that is typically a half-day or a full-day summer program. Additionally offered is the VPK Specialized Instructional Services (SIS) Program which typically takes place outside traditional classroom settings and is available for 4 year-olds with special needs.
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VPK programs may be administered by public, private, and faith-based providers who meet the State eligibility requirements.
VPK providers determine their own program hours and days in order to meet the 540 or 300 hour requirement. For example, if a program is 180 days, it would offer 3 hours of instruction each day to meet the 540-hour School Year requirement.
A provider could also choose to offer a 6 hour-per-day program for 90 days. Check with your VPK provider of choice to determine which program best suits your child’s needs. To see a list of certified VPK providers in your area, please contact us or review the provider lists here.
There are restrictions on changing providers once you begin a program. If you wish to change VPK providers, please contact us first for information on this process.