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Gainesville Guide to VPK

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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) in Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida

VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten or preschool) is FREE and available to all children in Florida who are 4 years old. These programs emphasize learning using developmentally appropriate curriculums and instruction including play-based activities. Providers who are approved to offer VPK prepare children to enter kindergarten. To enroll your child in VPK visit the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County website and enroll via their Parent Portal link.

We have arranged our easy to use guide to VPK by geographic region. Additionally, if you reside in Alachua, High Springs, Newberry, Micanopy, Hawthorne, Archer, etc, we have listed VPK programs that may be more convenient to your geographic region in our Gainesville Area tab. 

Is your head spinning with the ins and outs of enrolling in VPK? From the location to choose … to what are readiness rates anyway? And were do we even take this paperwork? We’ve outlined the steps for you. Let this resource be your one-stop-shop to guide you through the VPK enrollment process and choose a location that best fits the needs of your family. 

All about VPK

• Once your child turns 4 you can enroll in a VPK program for your child. Once you enroll you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility that you will deliver to the VPK provider of your choice before school begins.  
• You can choose the location and timing of your child’s VPK experience, public or private. 
• Children who attend high-quality preschool do better when they enter kindergarten, which can make a make a big difference later.
• In the 2016-2017 school year, nearly 80 percent of 4-year-olds in Florida attended VPK.
• VPK or some type of early learning is the surest way to prepare your child for kindergarten. 
• Kindergarten screenings show that children who complete VPK are more prepared for kindergarten than those who do not.

VPK Provider Readiness Rates

Details Here

The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate measures how well a VPK provider prepares four-year-olds to be ready for kindergarten based upon Florida’s VPK Education Standards. The VPK Standards describe what four-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of the VPK experience. The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate serves as an additional piece of information that families may use to determine if a VPK program is best suited for their family. It should not be the sole factor in making this important decision for their child’s early education program

VPK Readiness Rates

See rates on the last page

• VPK Readiness Rates (RR) are scores assigned to VPK providers after the graduating VPK children are screened in their new year of Kindergarten. 
• The RR score is intended to reflect how well the VPK provider prepared the children for Kindergarten. A score between 60%-100% is satisfactory. A VPK Provider who has a score of 59% or below is considered a “Low Performing Provider” by the Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) but may still offer the VPK program. 
• For VPK Providers in this 2018-2019 List, the scores reflect children who were screened in Kindergarten last year, 2017- 2018. Those children had attended VPK during the 2016-2017 school year. Therefore, the Readiness Rate score is called 2016-2017. 
• During the 2017-2018 Kindergarten year, VPK graduates were screened (primarily in the public schools) using a NEW Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) called Star Early Literacy assessment (administered on a computer) and OEL expects performance to improve in future years. 
• The Readiness Rates serve three purposes. They set a starting point from which we can set higher expectations; they enable the Office of Early Learning to pinpoint programs that need additional support, and they provide parents with information to help them make critical education decisions for their children.

A Child’s Delight at Eden Park

1340 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

(352) 672-6249

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=83

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-12:30pm 


One Room School House Project

4180 NE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=85

Class Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-11:45am 


First United Methodist Preschool

419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-373-0108 / 352-213-0357

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= Fewer than 4 children screened, Score Not Available

Class Schedule: 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


Pinewood School

1704 NE 9th St, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=62

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 


Rising Star Educational and Therapeutic Academy

1930 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=50

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 


Smokey Bear Kiddy College

2500 NE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=71

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


St. Patrick Interparish School

550 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=62

Class Schedule: 8am-11:45am 


The Oak Tree Early Learning Academy

1414 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Holy Trinity Episcopal School

301 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=67

Class Schedule: 8:00am-11:00am

Caring & Sharing Learning School

1951 SE 4th St, Gainesville, FL 32641


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=58

Class Schedule: M-F, 7:45am-10:45am 


Angel’s Christian Academy

1907 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=60

Class Schedule: 8:45am-12:45pm, Mon-Thurs 


Cuddly Kids Academy

1023 SE 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=47

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Elevations Learning Academy

1411 SE 3rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641


Readiness Rate: Not Available/New Provider

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Yes I Can Kids Academy

1734 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=50

Class Schedule: 9:00am-1:00pm 

A Child’s Place

6200 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=53

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


A Hidden Child’s World

3237 SW 41st Pl, Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Abacus Learning Center

5205 SW 91 Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=80

Class Schedule: A, B, D 9am-12pm Class Schedule C: 12:45pm-3:45pm


Baby Gator @ Lake Alice

793 Corry Circle, Gainesville, FL 32612


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=94

Class Schedule: M-F, 9:30am-1:30pm 


Baby Gator @ Diamond Village

305 Diamond Village Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=90

Class Schedule: M-F, 9:00am-1:00pm


CHILD Center for Early Learning

820 SW 62nd Terr, Gainesville, FL 32607


Readiness Rate: New Center, No Rates

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm


First Presbyterian Preschool

106 SW 3rd St., Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=85

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 


Gainesville Country Day School

6801 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=58

Class Schedule A:  Time: 8:15am-12:00 Class Schedule B:  Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm (Changing to a full day or afternoon only)


Kiddie Academy

6476 SW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=78

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


La Petite Academy

2755 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=48

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


My School Child Care Center

2720 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=83

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


O2B Kids College 3 (Archer Road)

3989 SW 37th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=60

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm 


Premier Preschool of Gainesville

10 SW 75th St, Gainesville, Fl 32607


Readiness Rate: N/A, new provider

Class Schedule: 8:00am-12:30am 


The Academy at The Family Church

2022 SW 122nd St, Gainesville, FL 32607


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=78

Class Schedule: A: 8:30am-11:30pm & B: 12:30pm-3:30pm 

A & M 4 Kids, Inc.

2207 NW 10 St., Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 43

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


A Child’s Academy

3401 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=70

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 11:45am-2:45pm or 8:30am-11:30am 


A Child’s Academy 2

5240 NW 8th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017 Not Available

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm 


A Child’s Dream

4127 NW 34th St,  Gainesville, FL 32605

(352) 376-8900

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=64

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Cornerstone Academy (May not do it this year)

1520 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= not available, less than 4 children screened

Class Schedule: Tues, Wed, Fri; 8:00am-1:00pm


Flowers Montessori School, Inc

3111 NW 31st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Class Schedule: 8:45am-12:30pm 


Hagios Early Learning Center

4138 NW 13 Street, Gainesville, Fl. 32609


Readiness Rate: Not Available

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Just A Blessing Early Learning Center

7510 NW 4th Blvd., Gainesville, Fl. 32607


Readiness Rate: Not Available/New Provider

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Kid City USA Gainesville

1127 NW 7 Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017 Not Available

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-11:30am 


Lil Scholars Learning Academy

3520 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=20

Class Schedule: 8:30am-12:30pm 


Little Warriors Day School LLC (Newberry Christian Community School?)

3536 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32605


Readiness Rate: N/A (new provider)

Class Schedule: 8:00am-2:00pm 


Love N Care Christian Learning Center

1520 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=100

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Nanny’s Loving Arms Early Learning Academy

5000 NW 34th Blvd. Suite 13 & 17, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=20

Class Schedule: Mon-Thurs, 8:00am-12:00pm 


O2B Kids (Supercenter)

6680 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=68

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


O2B Kids College 2 (Hunter’s Crossing)

4929 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=70

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm 


O2B Kids College 4 (Midtown)

1555 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=65

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm 


Open Arms Child Development Center

1823 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=73

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Persimmon Early Learning Academy

1121 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=93

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Santa Fe Little School

3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=82

Class Schedule: 9:00-12:00 


Small World Daycare

1214 NW 4 Street, Gainesville, FL 32601


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=44

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 


Sonshine Day Preschool

10000 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32606


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Calendar A Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am Calendar B Schedule: 1:00pm-4:00pm 


Step by Step Learning Center

2211 NW 40th Terr, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=81

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


The Kidz House

4232 NW 6th St, Suite A & B, Gainesville, FL 32609


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


The Sunshine House

2530 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=88

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

Micanopy Area Cooperative School

802 Seminary Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Class Schedule: M-F, 8:15am-11:15am or 11:30am-2:30pm 


Bhaktivedanta Academy

17414 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua, FL 32615


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= Not Available

Class Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-11:30am 


First Christian Academy

24530 NW 199th Ln, High Springs, FL 32643


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=78

Class Schedule: 8:00am-11:00aam 


Greenfield Preschool LLC

21805 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 60

Class Schedule: 8:45am-11:45am & 1:00pm-4:00pm 


Hawthorne Academy

20825 SE Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, FL 32640


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 50

Class Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm 


It’s About Kids

24621 Doc Karelas Dr, Newberry, FL 32669


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=67

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Lee’s Fun to Learn Daycare & Tutoring, Inc.

18129 Douglass St., High Springs, FL 32643


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 


Lee’s Preschool Center, Inc.

14017 NW 166th Pl, Alachua, FL 32615


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=44

Class Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm 


Love N Care Preschool

12440 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=43

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Martin-Rochelle Learning Center

13645 SW State Rd. 45, Archer, FL 32618


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=71

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 


O2B Kids College 6 (Alachua)

14400 NW 152nd Ln, Alachua, FL 32615


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=56

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 


Pumpkin Patch Preschool

6105 SE 205 Street, Hawthorne, FL 32640-1920


Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=65

Class Schedule: 8am-12pm 

To navigate the map, click on the white outlined rectangle in the upper left. A new menu will appear and you can scroll through to explore VPK programs by geographic region in Gainesville and the Gainesville Florida area. Click on the markers for more details and to see individual locations.

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