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Highlights of the VPK Program
The VPK program is a program FREE for all four-year-olds born on or before September 1 each year who reside in Florida. The program has high quality standards that include:
- Qualified instructors
- Age appropriate curricula with a strong emphasis on early literacy skills
- Manageable class sizes
VPK Program Options
Parental choice is a priority; therefore, both private & public providers are available. VPK providers have flexibility in structuring the hours per day and days per week to meet the required instructional hours:
- School Year Program—540 instructional hours.
- Class sizes not to exceed 18 students; instructors must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate for the school year program.
To find Private VPK providers close to you, go to: www.elcofswfl.org - Click on Parents → Choose Voluntary PreK → Then Choose VPK Provider Search.
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 or call 239-377-0092.
Collier County VPK Program Options:
Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation.
Click on the Play button (arrow) to see the 8 minute VPK promotional video.
Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida
A wealth of information about the Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.
Visit the school district's Head Start website for information about registration and eligibility.
Lucia Benoit, Pre-K Assistant
Tel (239) 377-0092