Early Childhood Programs
Pasco County Schools Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

To learn more, please visit our VPK FAQ page.

To get started, choose the academic school year you wish to attend, and follow steps 1 to 3.

2023-2024 School Year

Applications for the 2023-2024 School Year are closed. See below for information about our Summer VPK program.

 

2024-2025 School Year

Child must be 4 years old by 9/1/2024

Step 1: Create a family portal and apply for the VPK Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando.

Step 2: *Download the PDF of your COE from your family portal at the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando. (Please allow sufficient processing time.)

*Please do not download the PDF of your COE application. Wait to complete our application until your COE is available in the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando family portal. Email questions to pascovpk@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Step 3: **Apply for a Pasco County VPK school for the 2024-2025 school year. The first application window has already passed. The Notification and Acceptance Window was March 4, 2024 to March 13, 2024 at 4:30pm. The second application window opened at 8:00am on Monday, March 18, 2024. The list of schools only includes those schools that have space available or a short waitlist, and is subject to change.

**Space is very limited at our VPK schools, and enrollment is not guaranteed. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Hardship applications will not be considered for VPK.

Email questions to pascovpk@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Summer VPK 2024

 Child must be 5 years old by 9/1/2024 

The Summer VPK program provides 300 hours of instruction to age-eligible Pasco County children who did not participate in a 540-hour school year VPK or Head Start program and who will be going into kindergarten in the fall of 2024. *See steps 1 and 2 below for instructions on obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which you will be required to upload in the application.

The Summer VPK application is now open. The schools hosting Summer VPK will be Odessa Elementary (Waitlist ONLY) and Woodland Elementary (Available). 

Dates and times below are subject to change.

The student hours will be Monday through Thursday (with the exception of Thursday, July 4th) as follows:

June 3 - July 18, 2024, from 7:30-5:30 (Thursdays will be 7:30-5:10)

July 22 - July 25, 2024, from 8:30-4:00

Total: 300 hours in 31 days

Email questions to pascovpk@pasco.k12.fl.us.

*How to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Step 1: Create a family portal and apply for the VPK Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando.

Step 2: *Download the PDF of your COE from your family portal at the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando. (Please allow sufficient processing time.)

*Please do not download the PDF of your COE application. Wait to complete our application until your COE is available in the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando family portal. Email questions to pascovpk@pasco.k12.fl.us.

 

Status notifications for Summer VPK applications will be emailed on Friday May 10, 2024.

 


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