Polk Preschool Programs are built on the premise that every family, regardless of economic status, needs support. Given that support, every member of the family can grow. Together the family members will gain confidence in themselves as individuals and as a family unit. And it works!

Choosing an early education program for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. We understand how important it is to you and your family that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.


Do you want your child to…

  • Learn to make good choices and decisions?
  • Develop good listening, speaking skills?
  • Enjoy learning?
  • Read for enjoyment and for information?
  • Discover ways to work out math problems?
  • Get along with others?
  • Love school?


This is what you will see:

  • Low student to teacher ratios
  • Highly qualified instructors- Instructional staff hold Child Development Associate Credentials and/or Associate, Bachelor or Master Degrees with State DCF or DOE certification
  • Student Selected and Teacher Directed Activities - consistent daily routines provide opportunities for instruction and exploration
  • Ongoing Interaction - teachers support socialization and language growth by use of research based conversational techniques with children
  • Consistent Supervision - good health and safety habits are promoted and implemented
  • Low Staff Turnover
  • High Program Standards


Beginning March 1, 2018 applications for 2018-19 Prekindergarten classes will be accepted.

  • Acceptance letters will be released from April through August.
  • There are no registration or supply fees.
  • If you choose a full day option, you pay for the days school is open.
  • Students are not permitted to bring back packs to class. 
  • The school location will determine the type of program options. 
  • Transportation is not available with the exception of bussing for students who’s IEP allows for special bussing.
  • Polk County Schools does not accept subsidized child care vouchers.


2018 SUMMER VPK Enrollment:

Download application here

2018-19 Prekindergarten Enrollment Steps

Step 1: Age Eligibility

If your child will be 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2018:

If your child will be 3-years-old on or before September 1, 2018:

  • Go to Step 2: Program options are Head Start or Child Find

If your child is an infant or toddler:

  • Go to Step 2. Program options are Florida First Start or Child Find


Step 2: Choose your program option:

Polk County Schools provides different programs for children under kindergarten age. Each program has eligibility requirements which are unique to that program. Choose the program that best meets your family’s needs. 


Step 3: Complete and submit the application with required documentations.

2018-2019 Head Start Application (Spanish and English)

2018-2019 All VPK Programs Application (Spanish and English)

Florida First Start – no application required

Child Find – no application required


Early Childhood Program Philosophy

Quality early childhood programs provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of the families.

Developmentally appropriate preschool programs make a significant difference in the child's ability to learn how to learn. Thus, we accept the responsibility to provide a program in which:

  • Children construct their own knowledge as a result of interaction between their thoughts and experiences with materials, ideas and people.
  • The curriculum and classroom adult’s interactions with children and parents are responsive to individual needs.
  • Children will develop language ability necessary to enable them to master the skills of future education and life experiences.
  • Care is taken to coordinate every early childhood program in order to ensure an overall quality program.


Is your child ready for Kindergarten?

About the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

  • The checklist is designed to help you prepare your child for school.
  • The checklist is designed to help you look at your child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
  • The checklist includes tips to help guide you as you work and play with your child.
  • The checklist contains items that are important to your child’s success in kindergarten. It is designed for four and five year olds.
  • The criteria for many items on the checklist should not be applied to children three years old or younger.
  • If, after completing the checklist, you have significant concerns about your child being successful in kindergarten, you may wish to call CHILD FIND, 863-647-4262.
  • The checklist is designed as a guideline only.

Before you begin, remember:

  • You are your child’s first and most important teacher.
  • Every day your child is learning as you talk, play and work together.
  • Readiness is a combination of age, individual growth and experience.
  • Your child will develop at his or her own rate; however, your involvement will promote readiness.
  • Your child will learn by doing.
  • Remember that play is an essential part of learning.
  • Your child learns best when he or she is involved in activities that are interesting and fun.

View the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Preschool Programs Employment Information

Preschool Programs offer a variety of employment opportunities for qualified applicants. We are looking for adults who:

  • Care deeply about young children
  • Respect the role of the parent & family
  • Partner well with other qualified adults
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • Support the implementation of the Early Childhood Program Philosophy of Polk County Public Schools

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