VPK stands for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program.
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. Pre-K 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. Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.
To learn more about the benefits of early education and the VPK program, visit http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/EarlyLearning/OEL_CCRR_VPKProgram.html
Highlights of the VPK Program
FREE for all children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1
No registration fee
Parents may choose a participating private child care or public school provider
Early language and literacy focus
CurriculumFocuses on reading, writing and social skills
Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten
VPK Program Options
Option 1: school-year VPK - 540 instructional hours. School-year VPK
Option 2: summer VPK – 300 instructional hours. Summer VPK