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.
Parents, the ELC of Hillsborough is now accepting enrollments for the 2013-2014 Summer program. Parents or legal guardians may register for VPK in person at several locations throughout the county. Currently, registration CANNOT be completed online, by fax or phone, or at a child care facility. For complete instructions on what you need to bring with you to register, click here. We do NOT yet have a list of providers for the VPK Summer Program, but when we do, we'll add a link to that list right here, so keep checking back.
A child is eligible for VPK for the 2013-2014 School Year VPK or the 2014 Summer VPK program if the child is four years old on or before September 1, 2013.
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.
Editorial: Keeping the promise of early childhood education
2/7/14 Tampa Bay Times
The science is catching up with what Florida voters understood in 2002 when they voted to publicly pay for a voluntary prekindergarten system for 4-year-olds;
Will a partisan divide derail universal pre-K?
2/10/14 - CBS News
President Obama gestures while speaking to students in a pre-K class ... push for universal pre-K, saying education is an issue best left to the states.
Scott's budget would let hundreds more into pre-K
2/6/12 - Florida Times-Union (blog)
Scott's budget would let hundreds more into pre-K ... Hundreds more children in Northeast Florida will able to go to pre-kindergarten next school year, ... The governor's proposal includes $1.1 billion for early childhood education and .