VPK - Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program – or VPK – is a free prekindergarten program for 4 and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Participating children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1st. Parents can enroll their child in the state’s free, voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) education program that year or wait until the following year when their child is 5. Click here to register for your child's VPK certificate and for more information

Benefits of early education and the VPK program

  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
  • The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
  • VPK at TLC Preschool prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • VPK at TLC Preschool promotes a love of learning in children and enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.
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Highlights of the VPK Program

FREE for all children who live in Florida

  • No registration fee
  • Parents may choose a participating private child care such as TLC Preschool
  • Early language and literacy focus
  • TLC Offers VPK Preschool from 8:45am-12:15pm for the school year for a total of 540 instructional hours.
    Curriculum
Having fun learning and building new friendships!

Curriculum

  • VPK at TLC Preschool uses the Beyond Centers and Circle Time
  • Student in VPK focus on reading, writing, math, science, social skills and character building
  • Prepares children to be ready for kindergarten

VPK Providers

  • TLC has been an approved VPK provider for 10 years
  • All VPK providers must meet high standards required by law both in continued education, training and accountable observation by the Director and VPK state personnel

Instructors

  • Ratios are 1 instructor to 11 children or 2 instructors to 20 children with a class size not to exceed 20 children
  • All VPK instructors must have a minimum of a child development associate for the school-year program
  • Meet our staff

Transportation

Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation

The VPK program will better prepare Florida’s young children for a successful Kindergarten experience by focusing the Department of Education’s efforts on early literacy. This legislation assigns responsibilities for the day-to-day management of the program to the Office of Early Learning (OEL); licensing and credentialing to the Department of Children and Families (DCF); and the creation of standards, curriculum, and accountability to the Department of Education (DOE). All three agencies are working together to provide leadership and support to the local early learning coalitions, school districts, and public and private providers to ensure the successful implementation of effective prekindergarten education programs for Florida’s four-year-old children.

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