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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Sunshine-Academy-Flagler-(58)Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is designed to prepare children to be ready to learn upon entry to kindergarten. Offered through local private and public child care providers and administered by the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties (ELCFV), this program is available to all children residing in Florida who are 4 years old on or before the September 1st. Families may begin applying for VPK Certificates of Eligibility (COE) at their nearest ELCFV office on or after May 1, 2013, for VPK Programs beginning in August 2013.

Providers should encourage parents or legal guardians to call the ELCFV office most convenient for them and arrange for an appointment to receive a COE. Proof of the child’s age (which could be a birth certificate or immunization record signed by a physician) and proof of residence, (which could be the parent or legal guardian’s driver’s license with the current physical address or a utility bill in the name of the person who will be signing the COE) is required.
When accepting VPK Certificates of Eligibility, providers should verify the program year the child is eligible for. The program year can be found in the upper left hand corner of the certificate or by looking at the child’s birth date as shown on the COE. The 2013/2014 eligible birth date range starts September 2, 2008, and ends September 1, 2009.

VPK Providers have the option of providing VPK in either or both of the following ways:

  • 540 instruction hours, referred to as “School Year Program”
  • 300 instruction hours, referred to as “Summer Program”

Provider/Instructor qualifications differ for the school year and summer programs. See the link “Information Regarding VPK Instructor Requirements” to gain an understanding of the differences and how you can best offer VPK.

Instructor Requirements

Please visit the Office of Early Learning website here for information on VPK Instructor qualifications

Provider Reimbursement Information

Providers receive payment for VPK services only after a child receiving VPK funding has chosen to enroll in their program. Becoming a VPK provider does not guarantee enrollment; it is always up to each individual family to choose a VPK provider.

Providers that are contracted to participate in the VPK program are reimbursed monthly for service they provide to VPK funded children. Reimbursement is based upon attendance records submitted monthly by the provider.