The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) was implemented in 2002 in order to give ALL of Florida's four-year-olds access to a quality prekindergarten educational experience. The VPK program is FREE to families and does not have any income requirements or restrictions.
The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is designed to prepare Florida’s children for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. VPK includes standards for literacy skills, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County administers the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program at the local level which includes registering child care providers and providing applications and information to parents.
Mrs. Wendy Lampinen and Sr. Nivia Arias are the early childhood teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Tampa, Florida. Along with Mrs. Maria and Ms. Diana, they are excited to spend their time living, loving, and learning with her young scholars. They are especially excited to build great reading habits, interpersonal skills, and a lifelong love of learning!