Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
Head Start provides VPK services in 30 classrooms across the District. The program hours are extended to 5:30pm to provide free after school programming to eligible Head Start children.
Qualification & Residency
To qualify the following requirements must be met:
Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1
Completion of a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Application
Bureau of Vital Statistics Birth Certificate
Proof of Florida residency (phone bill, light bill, water bill, or driver’s license)
Family must meet federal poverty guidelines for Head Start to participate in the Head Start school based Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program.
If you have any questions, or need assistance, please call (813) 740-7870, extension 365.