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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

(Child turns 4 on or before September 1)

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

  • VPK is a free state-supported educational program offered to all 4-year olds in Florida.

  • St. Paul’s Christian School became a VPK provider beginning in the 2006-2007 school year.

  • All students who will be 4 years old on or before September 1 are eligible to enroll at our school for a free, quality preschool educational program.

  • Parents must first obtain a certificate of eligibility through the Early Learning Coalition before enrolling at our school.  This can be done by calling ELC at 352-369-2315 to make an appointment to meet with a representative.  Proof of residency and your child’s birth certificate are required at this meeting.

  • St. Paul’s VPK program is completely free.  Tuition is paid by the State and there are no registration fees or other charges.

  • Children participating in the VPK program are required to maintain at least 85% attendance (i.e. student must attend 17 days in a 20-day month).  In situations where the child exceeds the permissible number of absences, the parent(s) must provide an explanation in writing.

  • The Teacher/Student ratios in St. Paul’s 4-year old classes will remain at 2:13 in the VPK program, with no class exceeding 13 students.

  • St. Paul’s curriculum is a play-based curriculum Beyond Centers and Circle Time that is utilized in all of our preschool classes.  All of the learning domains and readiness skills for Kindergarten are covered in our 4-year old program.

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