Florida Voluntary Pre-K Program (VPK)
What is Florida’s VPK Program?
Florida’s VPK Program is a state funded educational program designed to help build a strong educational foundation and readiness for Kindergarten. The program typically follows the school calendar and provides 540 hours of educational instruction. Childcare Network’s VPK program hours are Monday-Friday and vary between 3 and 4 hours per day, depending on location. Find the location nearest you, as well as available slots by school.
Is My Child Eligible for Florida's VPK Program?
Children four years of age by September 1st of the current school year, who are Florida residents, are eligible to attend. Enrollment in the Florida VPK program is entirely voluntary and there are no income eligibility requirements.
When should I register?
You can register for Florida VPK through your county’s Early Learning Coalition. You can apply online here, where you will need to schedule an appointment. Once approved for the program and granted a voucher, you can enroll your child into the program at Childcare Network. Search locations using our Find a School Page and check the number of slots available above.
Due to the popularity of the program, space is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis. Classrooms typically fill up prior to the start of the school year, so it is important to register early. If space is not available at your desired location, we encourage you to still register as openings may become available throughout the year. At which time, the available opening would be offered to the first child on the waiting list.
What to Bring to Register for Florida’s VPK Program.
Proof that a child is age eligible and is a Florida resident is required to register for Pre-K. Acceptable proof-of-age includes a birth certificate, passport, hospital record of live birth, green card, pink card or Federal I-94 card. Proof of residence can be provided in the form of a current lease agreement or a recent utility bill with your name and address. In addition, all children enrolled in Florida’s VPK Program must present their shot record and physical to the director at Childcare Network within 2 weeks of enrollment.
Florida VPK Classroom Teachers
Each Florida VPK Classroom at Childcare Network is required to have one instructor per 11 students with a maximum enrollment of 20 children per classroom. Each teacher must have passed both state and federal background checks and have a minimum of their Florida Child Care Professional Credentials.
Florida VPK Program Learning Curriculum
The VPK curriculum that we use at Childcare Network has undergone review and been approved by the Early Learning Coalition. It incorporates large group, small group, outside time, center time, story time, phonological awareness, and music and movement throughout each day.
A USDA approved healthy breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided for your child during their day. We do not allow children to bring food into the school. lf your child has special diet requirements related to medical or religious reasons, we encourage you to speak to the director of the school. You can learn more about our USDA Food Program here.
What if I need care for a full day?
Childcare Network offers an extended day program with wrap around care for families that need care for their children, longer than the 3-4 hours allotted for the VPK program. Parents with children enrolled in this program will have care available from open until close, depending on the hours of your location. Pricing is different per location, so please ask your director during your tour to get more information.