VPK Program


Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program – or VPK – is a free prekindergarten program for 4 and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Participating children must be 4 year of age on or before September 1. Parents can enroll their child in the state’s free, voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) education program that year or wait until the following year when their child is 5


  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
  • The early years are years for learning process. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in life and school.
  • Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, school-readiness and social skills. They also have fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children.

FREE for all children who live in Florida

  • No registration fee
  • Parents may choose a participating private child care or public school provider
  • Early language and literacy focus