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Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) Program

Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) Program


Florida’s legislatively mandated Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) program is intended to prepare every four-year-old in the state of Florida for kindergarten and build a strong foundation for their continued educational success.

VPK is a free, voluntary program that parents of 4 year old children can choose to participate in through either a school year program for a total of 540 instructional hours or a summer program for a total of 300 instructional hours.

Parents can also choose to enroll their child in either a public school or a preschool program offered by a private provider.

The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region (ELC) is the local entity responsible for the implementation and administration of the VPK program in Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.

The ELC enrolls children and providers, and facilitates payments to VPK providers. The ELC also provides up to date information on the VPK program, distributes current VPK policies, offers program guidance and instruction, presents training opportunities, and monitors compliance with VPK policies and standards.

For more information about the VPK program, click here to visit the Office of Early Learning's website.

VPK Online Registration (For Parents)

On March 8, 2014, the ELC launched the VPK Online Registration process. Providers are encouraged to have their parents register using this new system. If parents do not have access to computers and scanners, please inform them that all of the ELC's offices are equipped with these resources. For ELC locations and hours, click here. Need help? Call us at 1-866-973-9030 or email [email protected].

VPK Online Registration Flyer (pdf 386.29 kB)

Provider Events


July 19, 2019: Fall VPK Contract Applications Due

August 2, 2019: Provider-Signed Fall VPK Contracts Due

(NOTE: this is contingent upon Providers meeting the application deadline above.)

*Should you have any questions about your Fall VPK Contract, please contact your Provider Relations/Contracts Specialist.


Ongoing: Program Assessment Training. 

Ongoing: Child Assessment Online Training. 

*Should you have any questions about these trainings, please contact your ECE Specialist.

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