Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) is a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors. All four-year-olds are entitled to participate in one of the VPK program options.


FREE VPK is available to all Florida four-year-olds. VPK programs utilize learning through play, developmentally appropriate instruction and activities, and approved VPK providers to prepare your child to be ready for kindergarten.

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
  • Focuses on reading, writing and social skills
  • Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten
  • All VPK providers must meet high standards required by law
  • Ratios are 1 instructor to 10 children
  • All VPK instructors have a minimum of a child development associate for the school-year program, or a bachelor's degree in early childhood or related fields for the summer program


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