Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK allows young children to develop an early academic foundation in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. These areas will develop early literacy skills and students who are more likely to be successful in school. Our VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
During the day in the VPK classrooms, the students will work in both large and small groups in order to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all of the children. The children will also spend time in the classroom centers where they will practice planning, carrying out, and reflecting on their own self-directed choices. Our VPK classes also introduce students to a nightly homework routine by completing a weekly homework packet. Our homework packets focus on quality work that will instill good study habits beginning at an early age.
Our program promotes emotional growth by allowing the children to explore and grow in an environment that is calm and supportive, where they can make choices and learn from their experiences. Social growth is supported by establishing the foundations of respect by teaching the children to care for one another and to be sensitive towards each other’s feelings.
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 school-year program includes 540 hours of instructional time and begins in August.