Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Information - ELC of Duval
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Get Information About Voluntary Prekindergarten


Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is an educational program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and are born on or before September 1 of the school year. VPK is free for eligible children regardless of family income. VPK prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond. It helps build a strong foundation for school using developmentally appropriate material that supports various stages in a child’s development.

Become a VPK Provider


  • Contact Providers Services at 904-208-2044, ext. 231 to register and attend a new VPK Provider Orientation. Click here for the VPK Provider Orientation schedule.
  • If you do not have an existing account on the Provider Portal, create a new account and a Provider Profile.
  • Once the Provider Profile is approved, complete the VPK application and the VPK contract.

VPK Provider Eligibility Requirements


Child care providers must be licensed through DCF or accredited through an approved agency before entering a VPK contract. Additional requirements include:

  • Employ a director that has a VPK Endorsed Director Credential
  • Employ instructors that meet the VPK credential requirements
  • Complete assessments for all VPK students
  • Participate in Program Assessment/CLASS
  • Comply with the Statewide VPK Provider Contract Form OEL-VPK 20

VPK Program Options


School Year ProgramSummer ProgramSpecialized Instructional Services (SIS)
540 Instructional Hours
(three or more hours a day)
300 Instructional Hours
(six or more hours a day)
Based on rates of specialists
Class size 4 to 20Class size 4 to 12Individual or small group settings
Often times follows the Duval County Public School year scheduleOften times begins in June. Is typically a two month programCustomized
Instructor must have a minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) or higherInstructor must be a certified teacher or bachelor’s degree in an early learning fieldFDOE has approved the following professionals to be VPK SIS providers
A second instructor is required in
a class size of 12 or more students.

Florida’s Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST)


Beginning in the 2022 – 2023 VPK contract year, VPK programs will implement FAST using Renaissance Star Early Literacy. This assessment will be completed online by the VPK child using a touchscreen device seven (7) inches or larger with audio capabilities. FAST using Star Early Literacy will replace Bright Beginnings’s VPK Pre- and Post-Assessments. Star Early Literacy will be administered three (3) times per year, with the first assessment occurring within the first 30 instructional days of your VPK program.

FAST using Star Early Literacy


The Florida Department of Education has contracted with Renaissance Learning, Inc. to implement the Coordinated Screening and Progress Monitoring Program known as Florida’s Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) using Star Early Literacy. Log in to the Renaissance site at click here or in the link below.

I need help with FAST using Star Early Literacy


StaffCenterContact Information
Sylvia SchmuckerA – Ksschmucker@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 212
Beverly LordeL – Zblorde@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 207

Program Assessments/CLASS


As part of the VPK contract, eligible providers participate in Program Assessments/CLASS. For more information about Program Assessments/CLASS, click here.

StaffCenterContact Information
Laurie De La CruzL – Z904-208-2044, ext. 288
ldelacruz@elcduval.org
Sheila MackeyA – K904-208-2044, ext. 212
smackey@elcduval.org
StaffCenterContact Information
Laurie De La CruzL – Z904-208-2044, ext. 288
ldelacruz@elcduval.org
Sheila MackeyA – K904-208-2044, ext. 212
smackey@elcduval.org

As part of the VPK contract, eligible providers participate in Program Assessments/CLASS. For more information about Program Assessments/CLASS, click here.

StaffCenterContact Information
Kendra Dotson – Specialist1st – Cho904-208-2044, ext. 219
kdotson@elcduval.org
Beverly Lorde – SpecialistChr – I904-208-2044, ext. 207
blorde@elcduval.org
Jalise Young Simpkins – SpecialistJ – Li904-208-2044, ext. 514
jyoungsimpkins@elcduval
Wendy Vogel – SpecialistLo – Se904-208-2044, ext. 280
wvogel@elcduval.org
Sylvia Schmucker – SpecialistSh – Z904-208-2044, ext. 228
sschmucker@elcduval.org
Kathy Bragg – ManagerDCPS and Lutheran Social Services904-208-2044, ext. 217
kbragg@elcduval.org

I need help with the VPK contract or provider profile


StaffCenterContact Information
Kendra Dotson
Specialist
1st – Chkdotson@elcduval.org
904-479-4460
Yashika Lundy
Specialist
Ci – Emylundy@elcduval.org
904-479-5154
Jalise Young Simpkins
Specialist
En – Kijyoungsimpkins@elcduval.org
904-479-1533
Wendy Vogel
Specialist
Kn – Rmwvogel@elcduval.org
904-479-4192
Angie Oravec
Specialist
Ro – Zaoravec@elcduval.org
904-469-1491
Laurie De La Cruz
Manager
DCPS and LSFldelacruz@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 288

VPK Resources and Tutorials

ELC of Duval VPK HandbookClick Here
Florida Early Learning Developmental StandardsClick Here
Division of Early Learning – Provider FormsClick Here
Division Early Learning – Provider ResourcesClick Here

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