Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Information for Parents
Thank you for your interest in Florida's FREE VPK program. VPK is a program aimed at giving your four year old the tools necessary to enter kindergarten eager and ready to learn.
|VPK Parent Handbook||VPK Informational Brochure||School Readiness Informational Brochure|
On this page you will find information on how to sign your child up for VPK. If you need further assistance or have any questions, please call 407-960-2460.
- Who is eligible?
- How do I get a Certificate of Eligibility?
- Who offers VPK programs?
- What should I look for in a VPK Provider?
- It's OK to Play in VPK!
- What are the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds?
The Fall 2013-2014 Program is available to all children who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2013 (birth date range 9/2/08 - 9/1/09) and are eligible to enter kindergarten in the Fall of 2014.
The Summer 2013 Program is available to all children who are currently four years old and had their fourth birthday on or before September 1, 2012 (birth date range 9/2/07 - 9/1/08) and are eligible to enter kindergarten in the Fall of 2013.
Contact the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole at 407-960-2460 for more information.
In order to enroll a child in VPK parents/guardians must have a VPK certificate verifying the child is four years old and a Florida resident, once the VPK certificate is issued parents may use the certificate to enroll the child in a VPK program of their choice. VPK certificates for Seminole County residents are issued at the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole office only. The only way to obtain a certificate is by visiting the ELC of Seminole office, click here for dates and times to pick up a certificate.
To receive a certificate, you must provide the following documents. You are encouraged to bring photocopies along with the original documents:
- A completed VPK application, signed by the parent/guardian with whom the child resides. These will be provided when you meet with our VPK staff. However, you can download the child application and complete it ahead of time.
- Proof of Florida residency for the parent/guardian with whom
the child resides. Residency can be proven with:
- a Florida driver's license, with current address,
- a utility bill, (water or electric), or
- a lease or deed.
- Proof of the child's date of birth. Date of birth can be proven with:
- a birth certificate,
- a passport, Florida Immunization Record, or
- a valid military ID.
- The child's Social Security Card. This is NOT required, but is appreciated.
Providers include a mix of private child care centers, family child care homes, faith-based centers and public schools. Each provider determines the days and times VPK services will be.
The Coalition offers a Choosing Quality Child Care check list to assist you in choosing the right program for your child.
The parent handbook, "It's OK to Play in VPK!" describes the characteristics of developmentally appropriate learning environments. It identifies how the VPK Education Standards can be used to help children of all different backgrounds, abilities, temperaments, and interests to learn and develop.
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