• Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

    Highlights of the VPK Program

    The VPK program is a program FREE for all four-year-olds born on or before September 1 each year who reside in Florida. The program has high quality standards that include:

    • Qualified instructors
    • Age appropriate curricula with a strong emphasis on early literacy skills
    • Manageable class sizes

    VPK Program Options

    Parental choice is a priority; therefore, both private & public providers are available. VPK providers have flexibility in structuring the hours per day and days per week to meet the required instructional hours:

    • School Year Program—540 instructional hours.
    • Class sizes not to exceed 20 students; instructors must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate, lead instructors certified by the District for the school year program.

    To find Private VPK providers close to you, go to: www.elcofswfl.org - Click on Parents → Choose Voluntary PreK → Then Choose VPK Provider Search.

    VPK SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES (SIS) The VPK Specialized Instructional Services (SIS) program allows VPK-eligible children with Individual Educational 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. For more information, read the Fact Sheet for Parents or call 239-377-0092.



    Please contact:
    Lucia Benoit, Pre-K Assistant
    Tel (239) 377-0092