Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) was signed into law by Governor Bush in January 2005 and creates a program to prepare every Florida four-year-old for kindergarten and build a strong foundation for their continued educational success. Both private and public providers may participate. Early Learning Coalitions across the state help providers meet the requirements of Florida Law.
VPK Program Options
- School Year Program – consists of 540 instructional hours with a class size not to exceed 20 students with an instructor and an aide, or up to 11 children with an instructor.
- Summer Program – consists of 300 instructional hours with a class sizes not to exceed 12 children.
All lead VPK instructors must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA-E) for the school year program or a Bachelor’s degree for the summer program.
The curriculum must be developmentally appropriate and focus on early literacy skills. The provider may use a curriculum of their choice as long as it prepares the child to be ready for kindergarten based on the 4-year-old Educational Standards adopted by the State Board of Education.