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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

PARENTS | Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Sign up NOW for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)! 

FREE VPK is available to all Florida four-year-olds and five-year olds. Your child must be four years of age on or before September 1st of the school year in which they will attend VPK. If your child’s 4th birthday falls between February 2nd and September 1st in a calendar year, you may choose to post-pone enrolling your child in VPK that year and wait until the following year when your child is 5 years old.  The program provides developmentally appropriate instruction and activities to prepare your child for Kindergarten.

VPK is offered through approved private licensed child care centers, licensed family child care homes, faith-based providers, public and private schools.

The program gives families two choices to participate: a 540 instructional hour school year program or a 300 hour summer program.                                              

Photo:  Oliver, Cory (Dad) & Charlie waiting to register for VPK.

How to Register

Register through the Florida’s Early Learning Family Portal at https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/  You will need your child’s original birth certificate, your (legal guardian’s) ID, as well as your proof of Florida residence. (A PO Box is not an acceptable proof of residence.) 

Readiness Rate 

Florida Department of Education VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate – https://vpkrates.floridaearlylearning.com/home

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens after I’ve registered and completed the application process?
A: You’ll receive a VPK Certificate of Eligibility which you’ll take to an approved VPK provider to
complete the enrollment process.

Q: How do I know who the VPK providers are?
A: Click here for a list of providers: https://www.elcirmo.org/vpk-provider-lists-by-county/ or contact our office for additional information.

Q: What if I can’t find my child’s birth certificate?
A: You may also use a shot record signed by the child’s physician, a passport, military identification card or an insurance policy in force for at least two years.

Q: What documents can I use for proof of Florida residency?
A: A utility bill, pay stub, residential rental agreement, Florida identification card, property tax
assessment showing a homestead exemption or a current Florida driver license.

Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Go to http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/vpk or contact our office at (877) 220-1223.                                                   

Helpful Links for Parents

pdf document logo VPK Handbook

pdf document logo My First Day of VPK

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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