Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a free legislatively mandated program for Florida’s four-year-olds designed to build a foundation for educational success. VPK offers quality programs that include qualified instructors, age-appropriate curricula, high literacy standards and manageable class sizes. To participate in the program, children must turn four on or before September 1 and must be a Florida resident.
To meet individual parental choice, VPK is offered through approved private licensed child care centers, licensed family child care homes, faith-based providers, and public and private schools. Providers set their own hours each day and days each week but must meet the following required instructional hours:
- School Year Program - 540 instructional hours. Class sizes not to exceed 20 students; instructors must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate for the school year program, now referred to as the Birth to Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential. Click here for details.
- Summer Program - 300 instructional hours. Class sizes not to exceed 12 students; instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree.
VPK Provider Readiness Rate Information
The Florida Department of Education/State Board of Education is required by law to calculate a kindergarten readiness rate every year for each private or public school VPK Provider of either the School-Year or Summer program.
The Readiness Rate measures how well a VPK provider prepares four-year-olds for kindergarten readiness based upon Florida's VPK Education Standards. These Standards outline what four-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of the VPK period.
The Readiness Rate is based on the scores of children who attended VPK and who are screened upon entry into kindergarten. Each public school district administers the screening on all public school kindergarten students. Children who participated in VPK and attended a non-public school for kindergarten are also provided the opportunity to participate in the screening.
To apply for VPK services:
In Milton (or North Santa Rosa): 850-983-5313
In South Santa Rosa: 850-916-5424
Or, click here to register online.
If you have any questions, please call 850-983-5313.