Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

  • The Late Application Period is open


    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 that they are enrolling.VPK provides developmentally appropriate activities in literacy, language, science, social studies, math, health, safety, art and music. VPK helps children develop the 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

How to Apply for Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) for the 2024-25 School Year

  • To attend VPK, all students must have a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition. Please visit elcpinellas.org to apply for the voucher. Families must have the voucher at the time of enrollment at the school. For information about the Certificate of Eligibility, please call the Early Learning Coalition at (727) 400-4411.  

    APPLY FOR A SEAT:

    Make sure you have a Parent Portal Account. You can create one by visiting focus.pcsb.org. To apply, visit focus.pcsb.org and access the “Student Reservation System” link on the left side of the navigation pane.

    ENROLL AT ASSIGNED SCHOOL: 

    To enroll, bring the following documents to your assigned school:

    • Certificate 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)

    APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY:

    Visit elcpinellas.org and complete the online application for a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher). For information, please call the Early Learning Coalition at (727) 400-4411.

2024-2025 Tuition 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 $100 per week with a $100 non-refundable registration fee. 
    • Six sites offer free full-day programs with a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher)
    • Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals according to the annual Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines will qualify for free full-day VPK.
    • 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.
  • *Free full day programs with Certificate of Eligibility (voucher)

2024-2025 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
    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