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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Introduction

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten launched its inaugural year in 2005-06. Funded by the Florida Legislature, VPK provides 540 hours of free pre-kindergarten services for children who are four years old on or before September 1st or parents could choose a shorter more intense program in the summer of 300 hours.

The goal of the program is to provide quality Pre-kindergarten experiences for young children to assist them in becoming ready for kindergarten. Providers are key to the success of the VPK program.

To register for VPK, visit your local Coalition office and complete the one-page VPK application or select the link below.

Please bring the following documents with you to register for VPK:

  • Child's proof of age (i.e. original birth certificate, original shot record, or passport)
  • Proof of residency (i.e. current driver's license or utility bill)
Flyer - 10 Things Your Child Should Know Before Entering VPK
10 Things Your Child Should Know Before Entering VPK

List of VPK Providers

View our list of local child care providers.

VPK Provider Readiness Rate Information

The Florida Department of Education/State Board of Education is required by law (Section 1002.69(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.)) to calculate a kindergarten readiness rate every year for each private or public school VPK Provider of either the School-Year (540-hour) or Summer (300-hour) program.

The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate measures how well a VPK provider prepared four-year-olds to be ready for kindergarten based upon Florida's VPK Education Standards. The VPK Standards describe what four-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of the VPK experience.

VPK provider readiness rates

Fact Sheets on Child Care Programs

VPK Specialized Instructional Services (SIS)

The VPK Specialized Instructional Services (SIS) program allows VPK-eligible children with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), and for whom instruction in a traditional VPK classroom environment may not be desired by the parent, to utilize VPK funding in a way to focus on the children?s individual special needs. For more information, read the Fact Sheet for Parents.

VPK Certificates

VPK Certificates may be obtained at one of the following addresses or by selecting the link above.

Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.
15506 County Line Road
Spring Hill, FL 34610
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: 727-233-8291
Fax: 727-851-0151

Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.
26 S. Brooksville Avenue
Brooksville, FL 34601
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
(Other hours by appointment only) Phone: 352-754-5068
Fax: 352-799-8159

Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.
Dade City Business Center
15000 US Hwy 301
Dade City, FL 33523
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Phone: 352-834-0052
Fax: 352-521-9855

Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.
Courtyard Commons
7334 Little Road, Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Phone: 727-569-1004
Fax: 727-847-6929

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Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.

Phone: (727) 233-8291 · Fax: (727) 857-0151 · TOLL FREE: 1-866-797-9444

Administrative Office
(727) 233-8291
Brooksville
(352) 754-5068
Dade City
(352) 834-0052
New Port Richey
(727) 569-1004