Child Care and Understanding VPK

Here is some great information on child care and Voluntary PreKindgarten:

2011-2012 Education Guide: Understanding VPK

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) began as a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November 2002 and signed into law January 2, 2005. It is designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success.

The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors.

The VPK program is FREE for all four-year-olds born on or before September 1st of the program year who reside in the state of Florida. The program has high quality standards that include: qualified instructors, age appropriate curricula with a strong emphasis on early literacy skills and manageable class sizes.

The program is voluntary for children and providers. Parental choice is a priority; therefore, both private and public providers may participate. VPK providers have flexibility in structuring the hours per day and days per week to meet the required instructional hours. There are two programs to choose from: School Year Program – 540 instructional hours or Summer Program – 300 instructional hours.