How to Become a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Provider

The first step to becoming a VPK Program Provider is to become familiar with the general guidelines and rules for the VPK Program.
 
The next step is downloading and completing the following forms:
  • VPK-10 for the site’s location
  • VPK-11 for each VPK classroom at the site
Additional paperwork is also necessary. The requirements vary based on whether you want to become a provider for the VPK school year or the VPK summer session.

Once all paperwork is completed, it should be mailed or delivered to:
 
Fiscal Department
Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County
804 South Sixth Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Paperwork required to Apply for VPK School Year
  • AWI-VPK 10 and
  • Copy of current Director Credential
  • Copy of current Gold Seal Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of current DCF license
  • Copy of current accrediting certificate, if not licensed
  • AWI-VPK 11 and
For each credentialed VPK Instructor, you must include the following:
 
1: Copy of one (1) of the following credentials:
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) of Equivalent (CDAE) earned within the last five (5) years; or
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher in Child Development Early Childhood Education; or
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher in an unrelated field, with at least 6 Credits in early childhood education or child development, and at least 480 hours of experience in teaching or providing childcare services for children any age from birth to 8 years of age; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, if the pre-k instructor has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, with a Florida Educator’s Certificate, regardless whether the certificate is current or not, and has not had this educator certificate suspended or revoked. Please note that a teaching degree from another country must be evaluated and translated by an accredited organization and submitted to DCF for approval.
2: Copy of a five (or more) hour Early Literacy training certificate. If Literacy
training was completed after October 1, 2005, it must be the VPK Emergent
Literacy course.
 
3: Copy of Local Criminal Background Screening, done in the county in which
the instructor resides, completed within the last 5 years.
 
4: Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal
Background Screening completed in the past 5 years.
 
5: Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check
completed within the last 5 years.
 
6: Copy of Attestation of Good Moral Character completed within the last
year.
 
7: Copy of Resume, Work History or evidence of the same.
 
8: Evidence of completion of VPK Standards Training
 
Secondary Instructors (Assistants) must include numbers 3-6.
 
NOTE: Class size may not exceed 18 students during school year.
 
Paperwork required to Apply for VPK Summer Session
 
1: AWI-VPK 10 (If you are not a current VPK provider) and:
  • Copy of Director Credential Enclosed
  • Copy of Gold Seal Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of DCF license
  • Copy of accrediting certificate if not licensed
  • AWI-VPK 11 (for each classroom) and:
For each credentialed VPK Instructor, you must include the following:

Copy of one (1) of the following credentials:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science; or-A Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, if the pre-k instructor has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, with a Florida Educator’s Certificate, regardless whether the certificate is current or not, and has not had this educator certificate suspended or revoked; or
  • A valid (current) Florida Educator Certificate. Please note that a teaching degree from another country must be evaluated and translated by an accredited organization and submitted to DCF for approval.
2: Copy of Local Criminal Background Screening, done in the county in which
the instructor resides, completed within the last 5 years.
 
3: Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal
Background Screening completed in the past 5 years.
 
4: Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check
completed within the last 5 years.
 
5: Copy of Attestation of Good Moral Character completed within the last
year.
NOTE: Class size may not exceed 12 students during the summer.
Original Signature of Director/Owner/Operator is required on all forms.

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