Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program. Shepherd of the Coast Learning Center is a certified VPK provider for the 2020-2021 school year, so do not wait, enroll your child in the free VPK program today.

For enrollment information, go to

or call 954.772.5468 during business hours.

Benefits of early education and the VPK program

  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
  • The early years are the learning years.
  • A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years.
  • Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
  • Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests, and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school.
  • They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math, and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children.