Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) Program
The Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) legislation was signed into law by former Governor Jeb Bush on January 2, 2005. This law created a program to prepare every Florida four-year-old for kindergarten and build a strong foundation for their continued educational success. The VPK program is FREE for eligible children, regardless of family income. Parents will need to provide verification of your child's age (must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the program year), immunizations, and Florida residence.
Parents must choose either a School-Year Program or a Summer Program, as children are not permitted to attend both sessions.
The 2016/2017 School-Year Program, (begins in August 2016 and must be completed by June 2017) offers 540 instructional hours at private preschools. Children born between September 2, 2011 and September 1, 2012 are eligible to attend a School-Year Program. To see the list of private providers, go to: http://dcfsanswrite.state.fl.us/Childcare/provider
For help in choosing a private provider, refer to: http://www.lookforthestars.org/
The 2016/2017 Summer Program will be offering 300 instructional hours at three (depending on enrollment) Sarasota County public elementary schools: Lamarque, Gulf Gate, and Gocio. Children born between September 2, 2011 and September 1, 2012 are eligible to attend the Summer Program. Parents are responsible for transportation.
The summer VPK program will run Monday, May 23, 2016 - Thursday, July 28, 2016, Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Schools will be closed on Fridays after the week of June 10 and closed the week of July 4 (July 4 - July 8).
Parents must first register with the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County/Child Care Connection. Call 941-556-1600, ext. 113 for more information.
For additional information, required documents, and registration hours, call:
Child Care Connection
2886-C Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 556-1600, Ext. 113