Applying for a VPK Scholarship is EASY!
VPK is a FREE program aimed at giving your four year old the tools necessary to enter kindergarten eager and ready to learn.
To Re-Enroll, parents must apply through the Family Portal.
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Early Learning are approving flexible options for early learning providers to support parents rejoining the workforce and mirror the choices parents have for K-12 students. Eligible providers can choose to apply to offer a flexible innovative learning model or a hybrid model.
If providers in your area are approved to offer flexible options, these options would be available through December 31, 2020. Beginning in January 2021, students will return to face-to-face instruction. As a parent, you will continue to have the option to move your child to another VPK program or provider at any time.
The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program — or VPK — prepares early learners for success in
kindergarten and beyond. VPK helps build a strong foundation for school using educational material
corresponding to various stages in a child’s development.
To be eligible, children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school
year. Effective July 1, 2016, a new law lets parents whose children are born between Feb. 2 and Sept. 1
of the calendar year postpone enrolling their 4-year-old until the following year when their child is 5.
Parents can choose from different educational settings and various program options. Private child care
centers, public schools, and specialized instructional services providers offer VPK.
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.
Florida was one of the first states in the country to offer free prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds. Children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year to be eligible. If their fourth birthday falls Feb. 2 through Sept. 1 in a calendar year, parents can postpone enrolling their child in VPK that year and wait until the following year when their child is 5.
For further information, click on the links below or for general questions contact the Early Learning Coalition at 407-960-2460:
Parents may obtain a certificate online at familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com. Families who do not have access to a computer or a scanner may walk-in to use equipment in the ELC of Seminole’s self serve computer lab Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. VPK registration may be completed on a mobile device if the required documents are photographed using a PDF scanning application (e.g. Android’s Handy Scanner, Window’s Scan2pdf, Apple’s Genius Scan).
The registration site will require parents/guardians to complete an application by uploading one of the following documents in PDF format:
Parents with a child who has attended no more than 70 percent of the VPK program may choose to transfer/reenroll their child with a new VPK provider if the reason for the transfer/reenrollment meets one of the approved circumstances (e.g., change of residence). If the child changes VPK providers more than once, the parent has to provide specific documentation to support the reason for the change. To do this, the parent or guardian must complete the VPK Reenrollment Application and bring it to the Coalition for review.
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 they will offer VPK services in order to meet the overall requirements.
To find the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole’s lists of VPK Providers, please click on the following:
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.