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Florida's Voluntary Universal Pre-Kindergarten

High-Quality Learning Opportunities for Every 4 Year Old

WHO? Any child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2005 is eligible to attend universal voluntary pre-kindergarten during the 2005-2006 school year.

WHAT? Florida's Universal Pre-kindergarten Program is voluntary and consists of 3 hours of high quality early childhood education on a daily basis, funded by the State of Florida. Want to know more? Click here!

WHEN? Classes start August 2006.

WHERE? Private institutions in Duval County that have been approved by the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County. Want to know more? Click here!

WHY? To enrich the lives of all pre-school aged children in Florida and prepare them for kindergarten. Want to know more?

HOW? You may pre-register your child on the state's website at www.upkflorida.com. Once there, click on the button called, "Parent Pre-Application." You may also contact the Early Child Learning Coalition of Duval County at (904) 208-2044, ext. 206 for more information. Want to know more? Click here!

Click here to learn more about services for pre-school aged children that are part of the Florida Voluntary Universal Pre-k Program.

WHAT? The state legislature created two different options for parents.

  • A school-year program consisting of 540 instructional hours of classes (August - May) at no charge to parents; and
  • A summer program consisting of 300 instructional hours of classes (May - August)
  • Parents may elect to send their children to universal voluntary pre-kindergarten during the summer instead of during the school year. For further details, you may view an analysis of the legislation on the state website: www.upkflorida.com.

Services provided by Duval County Public Schools for pre-school aged children:

  • Title I - Federally funded pre-k for children who are 4 years old on or before September 1 of the enrolling school year. Call (904) 390-2123 for more information.
  • Magnet Schools - Pre-k for 3 and 4 year old children. Call (904) 390-2082 for more information or visit the Magnet Programs website at www.magnetprograms.com.
  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) - ESE Pre-k is for children who have a disability as specified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Children may be enrolled as soon as they turn 3 years old. Call (904) 390-2071 for more information or visit the Exceptional Student Education website at www.eseprograms.com.
  • Early Education and Intervention - Special programs related to pre-school aged children and their parents. Call (904) 390-2803 for more information.
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