If you live in Florida and your child turned 4 years old on or before September 1, your child is eligible for the VPK program. Some 5-year olds are also eligible, depending on their birth date. Parents can choose one of the following program options.

School Year Program – 540 instructional hours.

Summer Program – 300 instructional hours.

If your child attended a school year VPK program, he/she is NOT eligible for the summer VPK program unless extreme hardship applies.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Parents must complete a VPK application online by clicking on the Florida VPK link here, or on the home page on this website — or at your nearest ELC Office.
  • Upload or bring the child’s original birth certificate, passport, or immunization record signed by a physician and
  • Upload or bring Proof of Florida Residency (e.g. electric bill, lease, driver’s license, or pay stub with address)

For a list of VPK providers, click here to select the appropriate county, then zip code in which you wish to conduct your search. Be sure to select Voluntary Prekindergarten at the bottom of the page.

You may also contact a Family Resource Advisor at the Early Learning Coalition for more information at:

Lee, Hendry, Glades County
2675 Winkler Avenue, Suite 300,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Phone 239-935-6144 or
239-935-6115

Collier County/Naples
3050 North Horseshoe Drive, Unit 231
Naples, FL 34104
Hours: 8am-5pm – Monday-Friday
Phone 239-213-1137

IMMOKALEE
RCMA Building C
402 West Main Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
Monday-Friday
Hours: 8am-12pm 1-5pm
(Closed for lunch daily 12:00-1:00)
Phone: 239-658-3588

Coalition News: Hurricane Ian

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL is dedicated to providing information and assistance to childcare providers of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

School Readiness Providers:  School Readiness reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

VPK Providers:  VPK Advance has been processed for all providers contracted for advance payments.  VPK reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

Click HERE for instructions on recording temporary closures in the Statewide Provider Portal.

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