Early Childhood Programs
VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN (VPK)

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Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) is a state funded early learning program designed to prepare children for success in kindergarten.

 

What is the dfifference between VPK and Head Start? Click here to find out.

 

Eligibility for VPK is determined through the Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition.  

 

School year VPK (540 Hours) is not offered through the Pasco County School District like it is through private providers. Parents who are looking for the three hour a day VPK program should take their child's Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the daycare/pre-school of their choice.

For a list of VPK providers please contact the Early Learning Coalition at 727-569-1004 or 352-834-0052

 

Head Start (In-Person Interview Required)/VPK (Online process)

Families applying for Head Start with children who turn 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2020 must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online through the Early Learning Coalition. In order to obtain your child's COE, you will have to create a Family Portal account and complete the online VPK Application. To access the Family Portal website click here.

 

VPK/Inclusion at Seven Elementary Schools (Click here for flyer)

The District School Board of Pasco County offers the opportunity for a limited number of VPK students to attend a Special Education inclusion/VPK class. This classroom consists of children with a diagnosed disability (IEP) who can benefit from being around typically developing children (VPK). The VPK slots for this classroom are on a first come, first serve basis. VPK children are encouraged to stay beyond the three hours a day for a fee. 

If you are interested in your child attending a VPK/Inclusion class then click here to apply online for the VPK Certificate. Once you receive your child's Certificate of Eligibility (COE) email it to Joann Nipper Nyman at jnipper@pasco.k12.fl.us.

 

Summer VPK (Child will be 5 years of age on or before 9/1/2020) Click here for the flyer

6/17/20 - UPDATE for SUMMER 2020:

Pasco County Schools Summer VPK program will begin Wednesday, June 24 at Chasco Elementary in Port Richey and Rodney B. Cox Elementary in Dade City.

Please do not call the elementary schools. All VPK applications and eligibility determination is done through the Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition and Pasco County Early Childhood Programs.

In order to complete a VPK online application for the Summer VPK program please click here.

After obtaining your child's Certificate of Eligibility (COE) email it to arussell@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Summer VPK provides instruction to age eligible Pasco County children who did not participate in a 540 hour school year VPK program at a pre-school or attended Head Start and who will be going into kindergarten in the fall.

For any questions about VPK, please send an email to arussell@pasco.k12.fl.us.