Early Childhood Education

  • Apply for prekindergarten programs for the 2023-2024 school year at reservation.pcsb.org from Nov. 28 through 5 p.m. on Dec. 14!  

    Pinellas County Schools offers several early childhood education opportunities to prepare students for kindergarten and beyond. All programs offer developmentally appropriate activities that build on children’s emerging talents and strengths. 

    NEW for the 2023-2024 school year

    • 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.

    Questions? Call Early Childhood Education: 727-588-6513

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    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:   

     

    Prekindergarten for 3-year-olds (PreK 3)

    • Prekindergarten 3 studentsLearn about PreK 3
    • Serves children who are 3 years of age on or before September 1 of the school year.
    • Follows the regular school calendar
    • Full-day program
    • Located at many elementary schools

    Voluntary Prekindergarten for 4-year-olds (VPK)

    VPK student

    • Learn about VPK
    • Serves children who are 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the school year.
    • Follows the regular school year calendar
    • Summer programs also available
    • Full- and half-day programs available
    • Located at many elementary schools

    Prekindergarten Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

    Community Preschool

    • community preschool Serves children who have reached the age of 3
    • Follows the regular school year calendar with some modifications by location.
    • Full and half day programs available
    • Located at several high schools
    • Learn more about Community Preschool

     

    Lew Williams Center For Early Learning

     

    Kindergarten

    Pre-K and VPK

    • Serves children who are 5 years of age by September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling
    • Follows the regular school year calendar
    • Full day program
    • Located at all elementary schools
    • Learn more about Kindergarten

     

    Early Childhood Resources

    • Learn more about Before and After Care programs, agencies and services that support young children and resources available for you and your child.