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Walton County School District

VPK

Welcome!

Your child is about to begin an exciting time of learning.  The Walton County School District Prekindergarten Program is dedicated to providing a developmentally appropriate program for young children. This program is designed to provide compatible environment, adult interaction, and active learning experiences that aid your child in developing the skills, habits and attributes that contribute to a successful school career.

Program

The Walton County School District Prekindergarten program goals include:

  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment that will meet the physical, emotional, social and cognitive domains of each individual child;
  • Providing a wide variety of activities that will facilitate the construction of knowledge;
  • Encourage children to act independently in their explorations or material and performance of activities;
  • Provide tasks and activities that are developmentally and age appropriate;
  • Provide a language-rich environment and multi-cultural environment;
  • Provide challenging situations that encourage problem solving and develop critical and creative thinking.

Walton County School District strives to create safe, high quality educational environments where students can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve family and personal goals.  To ensure the safety of our students during the 2021-2022 school year, information provided in all school handbooks may change as needed to comply with all health and safety measures required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure fairness and equity for our students.

Florida VPK Guidelines

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program has 2 program options:

  • School Year VPK 540 Hours
  • Summer VPK 300 Hours

Parents can choose one of the two VPK program types.  The school year and summer VPK program types deliver classroom instruction and are available to all eligible students.  VPK is voluntary and funded by the State of Florida.  It is not offered at every public school.

Age Requirement

State law requires that children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, of the current school year.  Parents must complete an online application through the Early Learning Coalition of The Emerald Coast.   www.elc-ec.org 

Enrollment Information 

Parents are required to enroll at their local public school.  Proof of residency and birth are required at application.

VPK Application

2022 Summer Session and 2022-2023 School Year

Please follow the directions below to apply for VPK.  The application process is with The Early Learning Coalition of The Emerald Coast.

  • Visit www.elc-ec.org  select APPLY FOR VPK
  • Create a new VPK application
  • Fill in all required fields marked with a red *
  • Upload requested documents
  • Once your application has been reviewed and processed you will receive an email.  
  • Check your email for Certificate of Eligibility and print it out.

 

VPK Registration 2022-2023

Required documents for Registration:

  • Certificate of Eligibility from Early Learning Coalition of The Emerald Coast
  • Child’s Birth Certificate / Passport
  • Child’s Social Security Card (recommended)
  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID
  • Proof of Florida residency No older than 30 days
  • Current Florida Certificate of Immunizations (Florida form DH680) Health Department
  • Current Florida School Entry Physical (no less than 1 year from date of entry)

Your application packet must have all documents present for placement consideration. 

No partial applications will be accepted. 

You must register at the campus your child will attend. 

 

 

Wait List

If a classroom reaches the max capacity of students during the school year program and summer program, then parents have the option of being placed on a wait list.  Students from this list will be added to the class throughout the school year as openings arise.

Attendance Policy

Parents are required to sign the VPK Attendance Policy at the beginning of the year.  The VPK Program funding is based on student attendance.  The State of Florida requires parents sign the Child Attendance at the end of each month.

VPK Sites for Walton County School District

Please register at the campus you wish to attend.

Walton County School District VPK Program 22-23 School Year locations:

Bay School  118 Gilmore Rd.  Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459  850-622-5051   

Freeport Elementary School  15381 U.S. 331 Business  Freeport, FL 32439  850-892-1211

Mossy Head School  13270 Highway 90 West  DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433   850-892-1290 

WISE Center  286 Gene Hurley Road DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435  850-892-1111

Paxton School  21893 U.S. Hwy 331 North  Paxton, FL 32538   850-892-1230

Walton County School District VPK Program Summer 2022 locations:

Bay School  118 Gilmore Rd.  Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459  850-622-5051   

Freeport Elementary School  15381 U.S. 331 Business  Freeport, FL 32439  850-892-1211

WISE Center  286 Gene Hurley Road DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435  850-892-1111