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Smart Start Preschool

  • New VPK Program! Ask about FREE pre-school for four-year-olds
  • Accepting ages 2-5
  • Bilingual teachers
  • All meals/snacks included and above USDA standards!

What is VPK

VPK stands for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) education program.

Benefits of early education and the VPK program
  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
  • The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
  • Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.

Highlights of the VPK Program

  • FREE for all children who live in Florida and turn age 4 by Sept. 1
  • No registration fee
  • Parents may choose a participating private child care or public school provider
  • Early language and literacy focus


  • Focuses on reading, writing and social skills
  • Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten

Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."


One time registration: $150

Yearly supply fee: $120

Weekly tuition: $140 - includes lunch