To apply for Voluntary Prekindergarten, please visit the Florida’s Early Learning Portal.

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 eligible depending on their birth date.

School Year Program – 540 instructional hours. Summer Program – 300 instructional hours.

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 the child’s original birth certificate, passport, or immunization record signed by a physician.

Upload Proof of Florida Residency (e.g. electric bill, lease, driver’s license, or pay stub with address).

You may also contact a Family Resource Advisor at the Early Learning Coalition for more information at: (239) 935-6100.

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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