Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program(VPK)
The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) legislation was signed into law on January 2, 2005. This law created a program to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and built a strong foundation for their continued educational success. The VPK program provides each child the opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.
A parent may select the VPK program option that meets their needs:
• School Year - 540 instructional hours OR
• Summer Program - 300 instructional hours
The VPK serves any child four year old on or before September 1st that resides in the state of Florida and has chosen to enroll in the VPK program. VPK is an entitlement program that is free for every four year old eligible for kindergarten the following year.
The Hendry County School District has seven school year sites located on the campuses of Central Elementary School, LaBelle Elementary School, Upthegrove Elementary School, and Country Oaks Elementary School. There are two summer program sites located on the campuses of Central Elementary School and Country Oaks Elementary School.
VPK Registration requires a face to face interview with the parent/guardian at one of the Federal Programs Offices located in LaBelle and Clewiston. Registration for summer 2017 program and school year 2017-2018 school year program will begin in March 2017. Required documents for registration include birth certificate, proof of address (driver's license or electric bill), current immunization record, current physical. Parents can apply for the VPK voucher online at:Student selection for the 2017-2018 school year program is done via a lottery process conducted in April 2017. Registration for the current school year, 2017-2018 is currently closed.