Pre-Elementary Programs

Early learning programs like Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), Summer VPK, and Kindergarten, give children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school.


Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016, are asked to register their children for 2016-2017 kindergarten during the period of March 7-18 and March 28–April 1.  School staff may not be working March 21-25 due to Spring Break.  Florida law provides that any child who will be 5 on or before September 1st is eligible for kindergarten that school year.  It is extremely important that new kindergarten students be registered beginning March 7 for the fall (August) school opening.  Classes will be formed, teachers assigned, and materials ordered based on student enrollment.

Registration for kindergarten may be completed at any time during the regular school day at the school zoned for the child’s neighborhood.  To complete the registration process, parents must present proof of the child’s age (birth certificate), a Florida certificate of immunization, a social security card, and a school physical dated no later than twelve months prior to the first day of school.  Further information may be obtained by calling the schools or Curriculum and Instruction at 850-833-4208.


Parents who wish to register their children for the Summer VPK Program are also requested to enroll their child at this time.  Florida law provides that any child who turned 5 on or before September 1, 2016 and is eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year and did not attend VPK during the current 2015-2016 school year is eligible to attend Summer VPK. For Summer VPK enrollment, parents must provide proof of Florida residency in addition to the registration items listed above.  To register for Summer VPK, a certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the Early Learning Coalition at 107 Tupelo Avenue, FWB: Phone number 850-833-9330, or the Early Learning Coalition at 10 S. 4th Street, DeFuniak Springs: Phone number 850-892-8560.

Summer VPK sites will be Southside Center (Crestview area), Edwins, and Wright Elementary (South area), enrollment permitting. Parent transportation must be provided for Summer VPK students. Further information for Summer VPK enrollment may be obtained by calling Sharon Pierce, Eligibility Coordinator at 850-833-3627 (ext. 214).