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Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK)


The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) legislation was signed into law on January 2, 2005. This law created a program to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and built a strong foundation for their continued educational success. The VPK program provides each child the opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.

The School Readiness Program (SRP) administers the VPK eligibility and registration of children and providers in Hillsborough County through a contract with the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

A parent may select the VPK program option that meet their needs:

  • School Year - 540 instructional hours OR       
  • Summer Program - 300 instructional hours

The VPK serves any child four year old on or before September 1st that resides in the state of Florida and has chosen to enroll in the VPK program. VPK is an entitlement program that is free for every four year old eligible for kindergarten the following year.

                                                            Registration Process

VPK Registration requires a face to face interview with the parent/guardian at one of the two satellite location: Parent Registration Schedule & Locations: (English and Spanish)  Additional registration locations and time can be found at www.elchc.org or by calling (813) 740-4713.


For Parents




VPK Child Application (English) (Spanish)

VPK Providers and Profiles





For Providers





                                                              Contact Information

To help answer your questions about Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) click on for Frequently Asked Questions or call (813) 740-4713 staff are available Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:45pm.