Learning and Growing in VPK / PreK
Preparing for Kindergarten Through Hands-on Experiences
and Outside the Classroom
Prekindergarten at First Discoveries
Why is prekindergarten so important? The early childhood years form the foundation of a lifetime of learning. So much more than just learning the alphabet and numbers, learning in prekindergarten helps, children develop creativity, problem solving, persistence and the ability to collaborate with others. Our caring, experienced teachers give every child the care and attention they need to be successful in Kindergarten and throughout their lives.
Whether you have a VPK certificate or are looking for a private option, our program will provide your child with a high-quality learning experience where they will play, learn, and grow!
What is VPK?
The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program was created to make sure every child in Florida can gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful learners in kindergarten and beyond.
The VPK certificate pays for a portion of the prekindergarten tuition. Children can use their VPK certificate either during the school year or over the summer, immediately before kindergarten entry.
Our VPK program provides opportunities for children to be creative problem-solvers and to build critical social and language skills so they can be successful in school and throughout life.
Who is eligible for VPK?
VPK is available for all Florida children in the year before they enter Kindergarten; there are no income restrictions. Children must be either four or five years old on September 1st.
Any child who turns four years old after September 1st must wait until the next school year before being eligible for VPK.
To apply for a VPK certificate, visit the local early learning coalition: www.elchc.org
If your child is not eligible for a VPK certificate, be sure to ask us about our private preschool and prekindergarten programs.