Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

  • NEW: Apply for prekindergarten programs for the 2023-2024 school year 

    at reservation.pcsb.org from Nov. 28 through 5 p.m. on Dec. 14!  

    The ABCs of PREK AND VPK 

    Prekindergarten YouTube and Facebook Live Event: "The ABCs of PreK: Enrolling in Prekindergarten For 3 and 4 Year Olds" 

    Early childhood education experts explained the application process and answered questions. If you missed the live event or want a refresher, you can watch the presentation:   

    Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a free, state-funded program that prepares children for kindergarten. Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling.

    VPK provides developmentally appropriate activities in literacy, language, science, social studies, math, health, safety, art and music. VPK helps children develop skills they need to be strong readers, improving their chances of success in school. Most classes have 18 to 20 students and are staffed by a certified teacher and a child development associate. Some classes are blended to include students who receive exceptional student education services. Follow your child’s development using the FOURS Child Development Checklist & Tips booklet.

    Questions about VPK? Call 727-588-6513

2023-2024 Tuition - New Info

    • VPK is a free, 540 hour program during the school year that is available at many elementary schools. Students attend free for three hours each day, Monday through Friday.
    • VPK + 3 extends the VPK day an additional 3 hours so students attend for the full 6-hour school day. Tuition is $65 per week with a $65 non-refundable registration fee that is applied to the last week's tuition. 
    • Six sites offer free full-day programs with a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher)
    • NEW: Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals according to the annual Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines will qualify for free full-day VPK.
    • NEW: PreK 3 and full-day VPK will be free for children of all full-time PCS employees at our elementary school sites. Our Employee and Community Preschool sites at Largo and Countryside high schools will offer a discount to full-time PCS employees.

Apply for Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) for the 2023-2024 School Year

  • VPK flyer:

     

    The application period for prekindergarten programs starts early this year!

    The application period for PreK for 3-year-olds or VPK for 4-year-olds for next school year opens in late November. Parents will be able to apply for prekindergarten programs for the 2023-2024 school year from Nov. 28-Dec. 14.

    Families interested in VPK will also need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

    VPK students must be 4-years-old by Sept. 1 of the year they are attending VPK. To attend VPK, all students must have a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition.

    Key Steps:

    1. Apply for a seat: Nov. 28 through Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

    Use the Student reservation system at https://reservation.pcsb.org. Visit any PCS school with a valid photo ID to get an account.

    2. Acceptance Period: Dec. 16- Jan. 13  

    Invitations will be sent to families on Dec. 16. At that time, families will be able to accept a seat in one of our schools for the 2023-2024 school year. Log back into reservation.pcsb.org to see the accepted application. You must accept an invitation to keep a seat.  

    3. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility starting Jan 1

    If you are interested in VPK, you will also need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (VPK voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition

    4. Complete the enrollment process at your assigned school: Jan. 23- Feb. 3  

    Bring the following required documents to your assigned school:

    • Certiificate of Eligibility (voucher)
    • Birth certificate/proof of child's age
    • Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH Form 680)
    • Physical examination certificate signed by a licensed examiner
    • Proof of Florida residency (two forms of documentation required)

     

    Certificate of Eligibility Info:

    Parents can apply for Certificates of Eligibility starting Jan. 1, 2023. Families must have the voucher at the time of enrollment at the school.  For information about the Certificate of Eligibility, visit the Early Learning Coalition website or call the Early Learning Coalition at (727) 400-4411. Early Learning Coalition sites:

    • Main Office: 2536 Countryside Blvd. Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33763
    • Lealman Office: 3815 43rd St. Building 8, St. Petersburg, FL 33714
    • South County Office: 3420 8th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711

2023-2024 VPK School Sites

  • Anona Elementary
    Azalea Elementary
    Bardmoor Elementary
    Bauder Elementary
    Bay Point Elementary
    Bear Creek Elementary
    Belcher Elementary
    Belleair Elementary
    Blanton Elementary
    Brooker Creek Elementary
    Campbell Park Elementary*
    Cross Bayou Elementary
    Curlew Creek Elementary
    Cypress Woods Elementary
    Dunedin Elementary
    Eisenhower Elementary
    Fairmount Park Elementary*
    Forest Lakes Elementary
    Frontier Elementary
    Fuguitt Elementary
    Garrison-Jones Elementary
    Gulfport Elementary
    Highland Lakes Elementary
    High Point Elementary
    Jamerson Elementary
    Kings Highway Elementary*
    Lake St. George Elementary
    Lakeview Fundamental
    Lakewood Elementary*
    Lealman Elementary
    Leila Davis
    Little Cougars @ Countryside High
    Little Packers @ Largo High
    Lynch Elementary
    Maximo Elementary*

    McMullen Booth Elementary
    Melrose Elementary*
    Mildred Helms Elementary
    Mt. Vernon Elementary
    New Heights Elementary

    North Shore Elementary
    Northwest Elementary
    Oakhurst Elementary
    Oldsmar Elementary
    Orange Grove Elementary
    Ozona Elementary
    Perkins Elementary
    Pinellas Central Elementary
    Pinellas Park Elementary
    Plumb Elementary
    Ponce de Leon Elementary
    Rawlings Elementary
    Ridgecrest Elementary
    Safety Harbor Elementary
    San Jose Elementary
    Sawgrass Lake Elementary
    Seminole Elementary
    Seventy-fourth Street Elementary
    Sexton Elementary
    Shore Acres Elementary
    Skycrest Elementary
    Skyview Elementary
    Southern Oak Elementary
    Starkey Elementary
    Sunset Hills Elementary
    Sutherland Elementary
    Tarpon Springs Elementary
    Walsingham Elementary
    Westgate Elementary
    Woodlawn Elementary

     

  • *Free full day programs with Certificate of Eligibility (voucher)