What is the VPK Program?

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors.

How To Register My Child for (VPK)

Parents/Guardians may enroll their children in the VPK program by following the steps listed below:

Step 1

Apply by registering and filling out basic information on the Early Learning Coalition Parent Portal. The is the one stop shop through the State of Florida, which will determine if you qualify for assistance.

Step 2

Obtain the VPK Parent/Guardian Handbook.

Step 3

Bring the completed VPK Child Application Form to our office or to a Community Outreach Event along with:

  • Proof of Florida Residency (valid driver’s license, utility bill)
  • Proof of Child’s Birth Date (birth certificate, passport)  * Bring original and a copy.

View more examples of acceptable documents

Step 4

When the application process is complete, the parent/guardian will receive:

  • A list of VPK Providers in Palm Beach County
  • A Certificate of Eligibility to present to the VPK Provider of choice

Once the parent/guardian has selected a VPK program and gives the VPK provider the Certificate of Eligibility, the child is officially enrolled into the VPK program.

Miss Fran's Early Learning Center strives to make your child's education go very smoothly. Below are several useful VPK Resources:

When is a child eligible for the VPK program?

A child must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the program year, and reside in Florida to participate in the VPK program.

How many children may each private provider serve in the VPK program?

The VPK program places no limit on the number of children served by each provider. It is each provider’s decision of how many children to serve.

How much does it cost to enroll in a VPK program?

The VPK program is FREE for eligible children, regardless of family income. Providers are not permitted to charge a registration fee or require parents to agree to any additional services. State law does not, however, prohibit a provider from charging registration fees for programs or care that are not part of the VPK program.

Where can I find more information regarding the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) program?

You can find more information at the Department of Children and Families website.