Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK)
VPK prepares four-year-old children for kindergarten through quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instructional periods, manageable class sizes and quality instructors. The Coalition certifies all VPK providers.
There is no charge to parents for the VPK instructional hours, and the parent chooses the provider that the child is to attend. The number of instructional hours and the specific times per day varies by provider.
VPK classes may begin at the start of the school year, in January and a condensed summer session, depending on location. In Marion County, school-year VPK classes are provided through licensed private and faith-based centers, licensed family child care homes, as well as several public elementary school sites. The summer classes are available predominately through public elementary school sites as well as several private child care sites. Registration is through the Coalition office. Staff will provide parents with a list of certified VPK providers to choose from.
VPK Registration for the School Year 2020-2021 opens January 1, 2020
Questions and Answers
Q. What documents will I need to register my child for the VPK Program?A. Proof of your Child’s Age and Proof of Florida Residency – See a list of approved documents here: VPK Child Age and Residency Doc Listing 12.2019
Q. How do I know what year(s) my child may be eligible?
A. The year(s) is based on your child’s birthdate.
Q. Can my child attend VPK for two years?
A. No. Each child is eligible for one student voucher. Some families will have a choice of sending their child to VPK in one year or another based on the child’s birthdate.
Q. Why can’t all parents have the option to choose the year their child attends VPK?
A. Florida law requires children to attend school the year that the child is 6 by Feb. 1. Not all children would be able to go to VPK a year later because they would turn 6 by Feb. 1.
Q. When can I begin VPK registration for 2020-2021?
A. You can apply now as long as your child will be 4 n or before September 1, 2020. Please note, if you wish your child to attend a Marion County Public School VPK Program, you will need to visit https://www.marionschools.net/VPK
Q. What happens if my child is already enrolled for the 2019-2020 program year and I want to send my child to the 2020-2021 program instead?
A. You may reapply for the 2020-2021 program beginning Jan. 1, 2020, as long as you did not use your voucher for the 2019-2020 program and your child meets the age criteria.
You will find more information about VPK at www.floridaearlylearning.com