What is Voluntary Prekindergarten?
Voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) is a state program designed to prepare every child in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. VPK gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors. All eligible children are entitled to participate in one of three VPK program options. The VPK mission is to ensure that all children are intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically ready to enter school and ready to learn, fully recognizing the crucial role of parents as their child’s first teacher.
How to apply for VPK
Are You Ready to Select a VPK Provider in Your Area?
Visit several programs/classrooms and complete the checklist below:
Check the Approved VPK Providers in Your Area: 2022-2023
Check the Approved Summer VPK Providers: 2021-2022
Polk County Schools Preschool and Head Start Sites
If you are interested in enrolling your child in VPK and/or Head Start at a Polk County School site, please call the PreK Office at the following number: 863-648-3051.