Skip Navigation
Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten

Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) was implemented with the goal of providing all of Florida's four-year-olds with access to free, quality prekindergarten programs.

Program Description

  • All VPK instruction is standards-based and developmentally appropriate.
  • School-year VPK provides 540 hours of instruction, 3 hours per day for 180 days.
  • The Summer VPK program provides 300 hours of instruction, 10 hours per day for 30 days.
  • All classrooms are taught by certified early childhood teachers.
  • Summer VPK classrooms are staffed with 2 certified teachers for 24 students.
  • School-year PEEPS/VPK classrooms are staffed with one certified teacher and two paraprofessionals (teacher assistants) for 8 PEEPS students and 9 VPK students.

Eligible Students

The program has no income requirements or restrictions. The program is available to children who reside in Florida and will be eligible for kindergarten the following fall (5 on or before September 1).

Classroom Models

The VPK program is offered through the public school system as well as through private providers throughout the state of Florida. Hillsborough County Public Schools provides the VPK program through several delivery models:




VPK and Kindergarten Information
(813) 740-7870

Application Timeline

School-year program – Families may place their name on a "prioritized" waitlist starting on the first day of school for the following school year. Families will be awarded points as follows:

  • 5 points will be awarded if the parent/guardian is a staff member at the VPK Site.
  • 4 points will be awarded if the Child lives within the designated school attendance area.
  • 3 points will be awarded if the parent/guardian is an employee of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  • 1 point will be awarded for each criterion below:
    • Parent or guardian is an active member of the military.
    • Sibling is enrolled and attending the VPK site for which the student is applying. (A “sibling” is defined as a brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother or stepsister, living in the same household.)

Summer – Registration opens in late March at each of the open Summer VPK sites. All eligible students are accepted.

Hours of Operation

Bell times may vary - Bell Schedule information
School-year PEEPS/VPK – VPK is first 3 hours of the day. Extended Learning Time completes the day until regular dismissal time. At sites with HOST (District-provided after school care), child care is only availble for children who are 5 years old or older.

  • PreK/VPK - 7:40AM* - 5:45PM or 7:40AM* – 1:55PM
  • Summer VPK – 7:30AM – 6:00PM during the summer (closed Fridays)


The are NO fees for the 3 hours of VPK, only for the wrap around time after VPK. The following fees apply for the extended day:

  • PEEPS/VPK - $10 per week for children qualifying for free lunch, $25 per week for children qualifying for reduced lunch and $75 per week for children who do NOT qualify for free or reduced lunch (covers up to 1:55PM)
  • PreK/VPK – No fees for children on free or reduced lunch, $75 per week for children who do NOT qualify for free or reduced lunch (covers up to 5:45PM)
  • Summer - No fees
Search for School
Find a School
School Locator

Locate your attendance area school

School Locator