VPK

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is a free program for all 4- and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida and are 4 years old on or before September 1 of each year.

VPK is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. VPK supports the development of early literacy, executive functioning, and social emotional skills.

Parents have the option to enroll their child in one of the following program types:

School Year Program

540 instructional hours

Class sizes not to exceed 20 students

Instructors must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate for the school year program (Now referred to as the Birth to Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential.)

Typical class begins in late August for 3-4 hours per weekday.

Summer Program

300 instructional hours

Class sizes not to exceed 12 students

Instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree

Typical class begins the following June for 6-7 hours per weekday.

SIS Program (Specialized Instructional Services Education Program)

The SIS Program takes place outside a traditional classroom setting and is for 4-year-olds with special needs who have current individualized educational plans from their local school districts.

To learn more about the SIS Program see fact sheet.