How to Enroll

Step 1: Determine Eligibility
Can my child attend VPK?

To be eligible, your child must be at least 4-years-old by September 1 of the school year they are applying to attend and must have a valid Florida State VPK Certificate.

  • If your child was born between February 2, 2015 - February 1, 2016, he or she may be eligible for the 2020-21 school year.

  • If your child was born between February 2, 2016 - September 1, 2016, he or she may be eligible for either the 2020-2021 school year or 2021-22 school year. 


Step 2: Obtain a Valid Florida VPK Certificate of Eligibility
How do I obtain a VPK Certificate of Eligibility?

You may apply for a VPK Certificate through the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County (ELC).


Step 3: Find a School and a Seat
Where can my child attend?

  • Locate your neighborhood zoned elementary school through “Find my school."
  • Determine if your local School District of Palm Beach County elementary school has a VPK program through our “School Site” page.
  • If your in-boundary zone elementary school offers VPK, call that school directly to inquire about available seats and enrollment dates.
  • If your in-boundary zone elementary does NOT have a VPK program or does not have space, you may call or email the Department of Early Childhood Education to discuss alternative options at (561) 434-8720 or earlychildhooded@palmbeachschools.org. 

Step 4: Enroll
I’ve found a seat! Now what?

Bring to your school the following documents to register*:

  • Original VPK Certificate (click this link for information on obtaining a VPK certificate)

  • Child’s birth certificate

  • Two proofs of address (such as utility bill, lease, or mortgage statement)

  • Original health exam form (obtained from the child’s pediatrician)

  • Original vaccination record (obtained from the child’s pediatrician)

  • Some schools may require additional documentation; discuss this with the school’s data processor

*NOTE: Parents must have the entire completed package of documents in order to register their child.


Step 5: Get Ready for School
What can I do to help my child be ready to start school?

Check out the Parent Resources section of this website.

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