We offer free VPK in Port St. Lucie. Florida was one of the first states in the country to offer free prekindergarten for all 4-year-olds regardless of family income. The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year to be eligible. The program helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials that are geared to various stages in a child’s development.

 A school-year program provides 540 hours of instruction with class sizes of no more than 20 children. A summer program includes 300 instructional hours and class sizes no larger than 12 students. Parents who have 4-year-old children with special needs may choose the VPK Specialized Instructional Services educational program, where certified or licensed professionals provide instruction in individual or small group settings. This option requires the child to have a current individual education plan from a local school district.Children who attend a high-quality preschool do much better when they get to kindergarten which makes an enormous difference for their later success.

  • About 80% of all Florida 4-year-olds  attend VPK

  • Florida is the first of 50 states with prekindergarten access

  • In 2011-2012, 79% of children who finished prekindergarten were ready to move on. Only 55% of children were ready who did not attend prekindergarten.

  • Florida has raised the bar for VPK providers who get public dollars, requiring 70% of children who attend to be ready for kindergarten. In 2011-2012, the percentage of VPK programs rose to 72%. 

Get your four-year-old registered today and give them the positive outlook of a brighter future!

http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/voluntary_pre_k.aspx