Announcements

Head Start/ Early Head Start Partners
Lutheran Services Florida, Inc. is currently seeking high quality child care partners for the Head Start and Early Head Start program. Child care providers must be licensed, participate in the USDA Food Program, and Guiding Stars of Duval. If you are interested in including Head Start in your child care program, click here for more information. All bids are due by April 30 at 5 pm.

FFCCA Quarterly Meeting and Training
Be sure to register for the Florida Family Child Care Association's Quarterly Meeting and Training! The session takes place in Ocala, FL from April 25-27. Registration forms are due on April 16.
Click here for more information.

Parent Leadership Network
Join ELC's Parent Leadership Network! If you're interested in sharing your ideas, learning about early learning services, and networking with other families, make sure you participate in a Parent Town Hall Meeting.
Click here for dates and locations.

School Readiness Curriculm Committee
The Office of Early Learning is seeking qualified committee members to serve as curriculm reviewers for the School Readiness Review Process.
To view the curriculm process, click here

Summer iPad Academies
Pre-k to 5th grade teachers/educator looking to use your iPad more effectively in the classroom may join the 2014 iGeneration: Summer iPad Academies. Click here for more information and to register.

2014 Legislative Priorities
Click here to view ELC of Duval's legislative priorities.

Affordable Care Act Information for Providers
The Office of Child Care held a webinar on the Affordable Care Act in December. Click here to see the slides from the webinar.

SR Curriculum
ELC's 13/14 approved SR curriculum list has been revised. Click here to view new list, or, if you are using a curriculum not listed, click here for the approval process.

Documentation of Attendance Policy
The Documentation of Attendance Policy has been developed based on Florida Rules and our SR and VPK Provider Contracts. View the policy and rules on our Legislation & New Rules web page.

Child Car Seat Information
Looking for information about child car seat safety? Check out this blog with helpful advice and safety tips for the right type of car seat for your child at every age.

Updates regarding HB 7165 Legislation
Find the latest early learning legislation here.

Community Events for Families
See what job, health, and resource fairs are scheduled around town.

Provider Bulletin Board
All Provider Pages have access to the Provider Bulletin Board.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Registration Information

Please read the info below for instructions. You may register for 2014-2015 online at this link:

Click Here to register for the 2014/2015 VPK program.

VPK Program Overview

VPK is Florida's free pre-k program for children turning 4-years-old on or before September 1 and residing in Florida.

Children are prepared to successfully start kindergarten through activities that build foundational knowledge for reading, writing, and mathematics.

Click here for full program details from the Office of Early Learning.


VPK Registration Information

2013/2014 Registration

For children living in Florida born between
9/2/08-9/1/09

To register for VPK you must bring the required documents to any of ELC of Duval's three offices before 5:30 p.m. Appointments are NOT necessary.

Once your child is registered through ELC of Duval, you will need to enroll your child at the VPK provider of choice. Click for a child care provider listings by ZIP code and ALPHABETICAL order.

2014/2015 Registration

For children living in Florida born between
9/2/09-9/1/10

Online VPK registration will open for the 2014/2015 school year starting February 21, 2014.

How to Enroll:

  1. Families will need to have, or set up, a working email address. (Yahoo and Gmail offer free accounts!)
  2. A link to start the registration process will be available on this page.
    Click Here to register for the 2014/2015 VPK program.
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  3. As part of the application process, families will need to separately scan and submit supporting age and residency documents in PDF format.
  4. A list of eligible VPK Providers is available to view or download here.
  5. Once the application and supporting documents have been reviewed by ELC staff, families will be emailed their Certificate of Eligibility within five (5) business days. They must then print the certificate and take it to the provider of their choosing, or they may email it directly to the provider.

Don't have access to a computer or scanner to enroll your child online? No problem!

Starting March 3, families may visit our offices during walk in hours (7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) to use our computers and scanners to enroll in VPK.

 

VPK Documents