The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) was implemented in 2002 in order to give ALL of Florida's four-year-olds access to a quality prekindergarten educational experience. The VPK program is FREE to families and does not have any income requirements or restrictions.
The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is designed to prepare Florida 's children for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. VPK includes standards for literacy skills, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors. Parents have the option of enrolling children in a school-year program that consists of 540 instructional hours, OR a summer program, consisting of 300 instructional hours. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County administers the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program at the local level which includes registering child care providers and providing applications and information to parents.
Parents, you have two program choices for enrolling your child in VPK: 1) a 540-instructional hour school year program OR 2) a 300-instructional hour summer program.
Registration for the 2015-2016 VPK School Year Program opens on March 1, 2015.
To be age eligible, your child must have been born between September 2, 2010 and September 1, 2011.
In Hillsborough, all VPK registrations are now conducted electronically/online! To get detailed info regarding online registration and to begin your secure VPK registration, please click on the button below and read ALL of the instructions and VPK documentation prior to beginning the actual registration process.
To access a current list of approved VPK and School Readiness providers in your desired area, click on the link above for the provider search page.
Need help searching for child care, then contact the Coalition's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) office and they will assist you.
To access details (Readiness Rate, Hours, etc.) about Hillsborough providers, click here to view PROFILES.
For Florida economy to prosper, raise the skills of preschools today
June 19, 2015 – Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay businesses may bicker over any number of issues. But they will rally to support almost anything that impedes their ability to be as competitive as possible.
Voluntary prekindergarten budget priorities off target
June 21, 2015 - Tampa Bay Times Letter to Editor
Once again our legislators have demonstrated a lack of concern for our youngest children. Not surprisingly, there was no increase in the voluntary prekindergarten base student allocation. Florida has the second lowest per-pupil funding for its pre-K program in the nation
Susan Block makes positive impacts in children’s lives
June 22, 2015 – News Press
The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida exists to enhance the quality of children's lives by providing families, early childhood educators, caregivers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, with opportunities to impact the future.