Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program

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 born on or before September 1st that reside in Florida, regardless of family income. Four-year-old children with birthdays from February 2 through September 1 to be eligible to enroll in VPK that year, or postpone it to the next. Families can register online or in person via our self-service kiosks within our community-based locations in Riviera Beach, Palm Springs, and/or Belle Glade.

School Year Program

  • 540 instructional hours
  • Class sizes not to exceed 20 students
  • Instructors must have a Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential and complete special training on early literacy performance standards
  • A typical class begins in August

Summer Program

  • 300 instructional hours
  • Class sizes not to exceed 12 students
  • Instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • A typical class begins the following June

Specialized Instruction Services (VPK-SIS)

  • For children with disabilities who have current individual educational plans developed by the local school district
  • Class sizes vary based on services provided

 

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 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 REGISTER FOR VPK IN PALM BEACH COUNTY:

The following documents are required to prove a child's age and residency:

Proof of Child's Age: (One of the following)

  • An original or certified copy of the child’s birth record filed according to law with the appropriate public officer
  • A passport or certificate of the child’s arrival in the United States
  • An immunization record a public health officer or licensed practicing physician signed.
  • A valid military dependent identification card.

Proof of Child's Residency: (One of the following) P.O. BOXES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE

  • Utility bill (electric, gas, water), cable, or home phone bill
  • Pay stub
  • Residential rental agreement or receipt from rental payment
  • Government-issued document (e.g., Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, property tax assessment showing a homestead exemption)

 

Selecting a VPK Provider

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 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 see the information to the left on the side menu. There are restrictions on changing providers once you begin a program. If you wish to change VPK providers, please contact the Early Learning Coalition at (561) 514-3300 for information on this process.

 

Contact Us

Parents: (561) 514-3300

Providers/Administrative: (561) 214-8000
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Accessibility Statement

Special Notice: If you require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations to participate in any ELCPBC event or activity, please notify Christie Young, Single Point of Contact, by phone at 561-214-7424 or by email at christie.young@elcpalmbeach.org within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.