Start your child early with voluntary pre-kindergarten

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Parents who have children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 and who would like their child to attend a free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program at a public school for the 2017-2018 school year may participate in the District’s VPK Choice Application Period from March 6-17.

VPK Choice applications are now available at Starting March 6, applications can be submitted in person at the Office of Student Assignment located at 1400 First Ave. E., Palmetto, or they may be submitted online.

It is important to note that all VPK Choice applications must be submitted no later than March 17. A current and valid VPK Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must be submitted with your VPK Choice application.  A COE can be obtained from the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (

For further information on VPK and the VPK Choice Application process, contact the School District of Manatee County Department of Early Learning at 941-751-6550 ext. 2387.