FLORIDA’S VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN (VPK)
A constitutional amendment passed by Florida’s voters in November 2002 required a VPK program for all 4-year-old children by fall 2005. House Bill 1-A was signed into law by Governor Bush on January 2, 2005, creating a program designed to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The program allows a parent to enroll his or her eligible child (4 years old by September 1 and residing in Florida) in a free VPK program. The program is voluntary for children and providers.