Information for Families

VPK Program

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) was implemented in 2002 in order to give ALL of Florida's 4-year-olds access to a quality prekindergarten experience.

The VPK program is FREE to families and does not have any income requirements or restrictions.


VPK Program

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 quality 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.  Children may participate in the VPK program only once.
Registration requires families to supply proof of their Florida residency and proof of the enrolling child’s age.
For a complete list of registration needs, CLICK HERE.

For details about  School Year VPK, look below.


Effective July 1, 2016, parents whose children are born from February 2 through September 1 in a calendar year will have a new option when it comes to enrolling their 4-year-olld in the state’s free VPK program.
To learn more about this eligibility change, click HERE.

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VPK Program Information

2017 Summer VPK Program

The Summer VPK Program is a FREE, voluntary 300 instructional hour program designed to prepare Florida’s 4-year-olds for successful entry into kindergarten.  In Hillsborough County, Florida, 2017 Summer VPK is delivered at certain public elementary schools and by a select number of approved, private child care providers.

Registrations for the 2017 Summer VPK Program are currently being accepted. To be eligible, your child must have been born between February 2, 2011 and September 1, 2012.

For more details on Summer VPK in Hillsborough, CLICK HERE to download our Family Summer VPK Packet.

Register HERE.