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Voluntary Prekindergarten


VPK Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a free, state-funded program designed to prepare children for kindergarten by building the foundation for their educational success. Children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling.

 

Guided by the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for four year olds, the program includes developmentally appropriate activities in literacy, language, science, social studies, math, health and safety, art, and music. Opportunities are provided for social and physical development through circle time, choice time, dramatic play, and playground activities.  

 

Classrooms are staffed with certified teachers and/or Child Development Associates.  Classes range in size from 18 to 20 students.  Some classes are blended to include students with exceptional student education services.

 

Children are assessed through observation and the Florida VPK Assessment on a regular basis to help all children succeed and to guide the planning of appropriate early childhood learning experiences. Families may follow their child’s development using the FOURS Child Development Checklist & Tips booklet. 
  

Registration

  • VPK is a free, 540 hour program during the school year and is available at many elementary schools. Students attend free for three hours each day, Monday through Friday.

  • VPK + 3 extends the VPK day an additional 3 hours so students attend for the full 6 hour school day. Tuition is $65 per week and a non-refundable registration fee of $91 is due at the time of registration.  This fee will be used for the last two weeks’ tuition at the end of the program. 

  • Dual Language VPK is available at Garrison-Jones Elementary.  At this location, students spend half the day learning the curriculum in English and half the day learning the curriculum in Spanish.  Many students in this program apply for the K-5 dual language program at the school.

  • At select locations, the VPK+3 program is supported with Title 1 funding.  For qualifying families at these schools, students do not pay tuition.
  • Kings Highway Early Childhood Center is located at the Kings Highway Center for Innovation and Digital Learning. At this location, there are several early childhood programs, including VPK, housed in one section of the school.  In addition to the regular VPK program, students receive violin instruction twice a week and have additional technology in the classrooms.
For more information, download our  VPK flyer in the following languages for the 2015-16 school year:

At all locations, there is a priority registration process.  To register, please bring the following documents to the school:

•Birth Certificate
•Proof of Residency (2 forms of documentation required)
•Florida Certificate of Immunization
•Physical examination certificate
•Certificate of Eligibility

 

Visit our Summer VPK page for participating VPK schools and requirements.
 

Certificate of Eligibility (Voucher)

All students must have a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) to attend the school year or summer VPK program.  The voucher is issued through the Early Learning Coalition and families may apply online or call 727-400-4411 to make an appointment.  Along with the application, families must provide proof of the child’s age and residency.

 

Contact 

For additional information, please read the VPK Parent Guide  or contact Gail Ramsdell

Pinellas County Schools

301 4th Street SW

Largo, FL, 33779

(727) 588-6513