Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)
The VPK program is a free program for all Florida’s families. Participating in VPK gives parents an opportunity to help their children reach their full potential. High quality preschool increases a child’s chances of succeeding in school and earning more as an adult. VPK is free for all children four years old on or before September 1 of the program year. Some 5-year-olds may also be eligible depending on their birth date. There are no income requirements for VPK.
During 2002, voters unanimously approved a ballot initiative for the state to pay for a high quality voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) program for every 4-year-old in Florida. This program is offered by local private early childhood education providers, family child care homes and public schools.
The program allows for 540 hours of education for a traditional school year (averages to be three hours per day but schedules vary by program) or a summer program with 300 hours of education (averages to be six hours per day but schedules vary by program). Parents may choose which program is best suited for their child.
To learn more about Florida’s VPK program download the parent brochures below.