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.
Parents, the ELC of Hillsborough is now accepting enrollments for the 2014-2015 VPK School Year Program. Parents or legal guardians may register for VPK in person at several locations throughout the county. However, BEGINNING APRIL 1, 2014 parents will be able to register online for the 2014-2015 VPK School Year Program. Parents wishing to enroll prior to the availability of online registration must do so in person as stated above. Parents wishing to wait for online registration should return to this page or the main parent page on April 1st to access the online registration portal.
A child is eligible for VPK for the 2014-2015 School Year VPK Program if the child is four years old on or before September 1, 2014.
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.
1/23/2015 - The National Journal
Early-childhood development is the rare issue that unites liberals and conservatives, nearly all of whom agree that the first few years of a child's life are a time of crucial social and intellectual formation. Yet policymakers and educators rarely pay much attention to the adults who spend their days with young children, particularly child-care workers.
1/20/2015 - MomsRising.org
....For practical reasons, we still needed both incomes and health benefits. And as a two-teacher family, we knew that, developmentally, children who have access to high-quality early education are given a running start. We wanted our children to have the social and academic benefits.
1/13/1025 - Education Week
Libby Doggett, who oversees early-childhood policy for the U.S. Department of Education, has a long history in the field, including work with the National Head Start Association and the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led the philanthropy's Home Visiting campaign and its Pre-K Now initiative.