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VPK for Parents


VPK for ParentsWhat is Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten?

A constitutional amendment passed by Florida's voters in November 2002 required a voluntary pre-kindergarten program for all four-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 four-year-olds for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The program allows a parent to enroll his or her eligible child (four years old by September 1 and residing in Florida) in a free VPK program. The program is voluntary for children and providers.


  • VPK began in the fall of school year 2005.

  • High quality educational program with an early literacy focus.

  • FREE for all children 4-years-old by September 1, who reside in Florida.

  • No registration fee.

  • Providers and Instructors must meet minimum requirements.

  • Ratios are 1 credentialed instructor per 11 children.

  • Class size will not exceed 20 children.

  • Parents have the option of choosing the provider that meets their own family's needs.
  • Both private & public providers will participate.

VPK Program Options

May participate in one of the following:

  • School Year Program - 540 instructional hours, OR
  • Summer Program - 300 instructional hours; children may participate in the VPK program in the summer immediately before the school year in which the child is age eligible for kindergarten, OR
  • Specialized Instructional Services (SIS)- Allows VPK-eligible children with current Individual Education Plans (IEPs)  and for whom instruction in a traditional VPK classroom environment may not be desired by the parent, to utilize VPK funding in a way to focus on the children’s individual special needs.

***If the child has enrolled in kindergarten, they are no longer eligible for VPK.***


  • Must be developmentally appropriate.

  • Focus on early literacy skills.

  • Prepare the child to be ready for kindergarten based on standards adopted by the State Board of Education.


  • Parents are responsible for their children's transportation.

VPK brochures

VPK Parent Handbook: This handbook provides further information about the VPK program, as well as your Rights & Responsibilities as a VPK parent.

VPK Parent Guide

It's Ok to Play in VPK: This brochure will tell you about all the things your child should be learning while in the VPK program.

Other Early Learning Programs

If you checked ‘Yes’ on your online VPK application that you were interested in more information about other early learning programs your family may be eligible for; or services for you and your children, from infants through school-age, including full-day school readiness services, resource and referral, Florida Kid Care, and social services, please click here for English and here for Spanish.

Fact Sheet for Families – What Families of Preschool Children with Special Needs Should Know about the
Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program (Click here)


Office of Early Learning

To speak with a VPK Specialist, call us today!

Toll Free 1-800-745-4836

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