Keyword for this page: VPK

Click below for the Online VPK Application:

Click here for the Online VPK Application

How to Apply for a VPK Certificate:

Click here to download PDF version of the directions

Announcing 2016 SUMMER PreK Enrollment:

Download directions for applying for 2016 SUMMER PreK here: Summer VPK

Download application here: 2016 SUMMER PreK Application - Bilingual

What is VPK?

VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program. Enrollment is limited at Public Schools across Polk County.

Benefits of early education and the VPK program

  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
  • The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
  • Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.


To enroll a child into a Public School VPK program

  1. Contact Preschool Programs (863-648-3047) to see if space is available at your child's zoned school. See attached: Enrollment Priorities.
  2. Bring the VPK certificate (issued by the Early Learning Coalition) to Preschool Programs Woodlake Office to schedule your child into a specific school.
  3. Bring the letter of acceptance and stated documentation to your assigned school.
  4. Special note:
    • Certificates should not be taken to school offices for enrollment purposes.


Service Locations



Polk County Schools Woodlake Center - Preschool Programs

3425 New Jersey Road

Lakeland, Florida 33803

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 pm