What is the VPK Program?
Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or VPK is a free educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond.
Children must live in Florida and be 4 on or before September 1 of the school year they enroll. Parents can choose from schools and school-year or summer programs.
The Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program is designed to prepare Florida’s children for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. It includes standards for literacy skills, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors. The school-year program consisting of 540 instructional hours. The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. is administering the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program at the local level which includes registering child care providers and providing applications and information to parent.
Children who attend high-quality preschool do better when they enter kindergarten, which can make a big difference later.
How do I apply for VPK and What I Need?
You can apply online from a computer, mobile phone or other digital device by visiting http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/vpk go to resources for parents, new VPK applications and create your own portal.
You will need an email address, proof of Florida residency and proof of your child’s age to apply.
Your local early learning coalition will review your application and email you with further instructions. Once your application is approved, the coalition will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility you can take and bring to us to finish your registration.
Please keep in mind that there is an unlimited number of eligibility certificates available. Any child eligible for the above programs will receive a certificate. Please note that the VPK Application and Enrollment Eligibility process is continuous. There will be additional application sites and schedules in the future.