FLORIDA’S VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Listed below are all the necessary policies and procedures. If you have any questions not addressed here (i.e. ECS VPK Provider Manual), please contact the VPK department.
ECS VPK Provider Manual (updated 9/26/2018) **Please note the ECS VPK Provider Manual is in the process of being updated with processes that follow the Provider Portal. We will also be updating the contact information for the Contract and Reimbursement Departments.**
Applying to be a VPK Provider
The VPK provider application process is done entirely online through the Provider Portal:
The above link will take you to the Provider Portal where you will need to have an account if you have not already registered for one. If you have never offered VPK before, please notify (800) 238-3463 the department that you will be registering so we can be sure to look for your activation request.
You will need to first complete your center profile for the program year you want to offer VPK and submit it for activation. Once your profile has been reviewed by ECS and activated, we can initiate the VPK APP and eventually the VPK contract. The Provider Portal User Guide is a helpful tool to have saved to your desk top during the process of completing your profile and application.
As a VPK provider you are required to administer the VPK assessment. Ordering and deadline information is below.
VPK Assessment Kit Ordering Information
ALL VPK providers are required to administer VPK Assessment for each program type that they offer, and then record the data by the given deadlines on the Bright Beginnings website. AP 1 and 3 are required for ALL providers. AP 1, 2, and 3 are required of POP VPK providers that have chosen the Staff Development Plan. Providers that fail to meet deadline requirements will place the future of their VPK program eligibility in jeopardy, including not being able to offer the VPK program for five years. Ordering is done here through Bright Beginnings. If you are a new VPK provider offering VPK for the first time, or have recently undergone an ownership change, ECS will request a Provider ID from Bright Beginnings on your behalf. You must have a provider ID to register your classrooms.
VPK Assessment administration and submission guidelines per rule 6M-8.620:
“Assessment Period One” (AP1) is the first 30 calendar days of the VPK class schedule beginning with the first VPK instructional day and including non-instructional days. VPK Assessment data for AP1 shall be entered and submitted by VPK providers (or the school district on behalf of their public schools) on Bright Beginnings within 45 calendar days of the first day of each VPK class schedule.
“Assessment Period Three” (AP3) is the last 30 calendar days of the VPK class schedule ending on the last VPK instructional day and including non-instructional days. VPK Assessment data for AP3 shall be entered and submitted by VPK providers (or the school district on behalf of their public schools) on Bright Beginnings no later than 15 calendar days after the last day of each VPK class schedule.
Click here for more information from the Office of Early Learning.
|VPK Provider Contract with Attachments|
VPK Payment Correction Request (updated 10-21-10)
Helpful Parent Materials
VPK Parent Handbook (updated 2017)
Please check back periodically for updated forms and information.