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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

https://www.orsh.net/

4180 NE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

352-376-4014

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=85

Class Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-11:45am 

 

First United Methodist Preschool

http://fumcgnv.org/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

http://pinewoodschool.net/

1704 NE 9th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

352-372-3343

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=62

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

 

Rising Star Educational and Therapeutic Academy

1930 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609

352-384-3900

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=50

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

 

Smokey Bear Kiddy College

https://www.facebook.com/Smokey-Bear-Kiddy-College-154765304593652/

2500 NE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

352-792-6404

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=71

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

St. Patrick Interparish School

http://stpatrickschoolgnv.org/

550 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-376-9878

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=62

Class Schedule: 8am-11:45am 

 

The Oak Tree Early Learning Academy

http://www.passageministries.org/index.php/schools/ot4k-home

1414 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

352-371-9936

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Holy Trinity Episcopal School

http://htesgnv.org/

301 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-377-2290

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=67

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

Caring & Sharing Learning School

http://www.caringandsharingschool.com/

1951 SE 4th St, Gainesville, FL 32641

352-372-1004

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=58

Class Schedule: M-F, 7:45am-10:45am 

 

Angel’s Christian Academy

1907 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641

352-374-8521

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=60

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

 

Cuddly Kids Academy

http://www.passageministries.org/index.php/schools/cka-home

1023 SE 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-336-3200

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=47

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Elevations Learning Academy

1411 SE 3rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641

352-519-9843

Readiness Rate: Not Available/New Provider

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

Yes I Can Kids Academy

1734 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641

352-371-5554

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=50

Class Schedule: 9:00am-1:00pm 

A Child’s Place

http://www.realpages.com/sites/childsplacea/

6200 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608

352-375-8900

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=53

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

A Hidden Child’s World 

http://ahiddenchildsworld.com/join-the-fun/

3237 SW 41st Pl, Gainesville, FL 32608

352-378-6343

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

Abacus Learning Center

http://www.abacuslearningcenter.com/

5205 SW 91 Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608

352-376-1492

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=80

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

 

Baby Gator @ Lake Alice

https://babygator.ufl.edu/

793 Corry Circle, Gainesville, FL 32612

352-392-2330

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=94

Class Schedule: M-F, 9:30am-1:30pm 

 

Baby Gator @ Diamond Village

https://babygator.ufl.edu/

305 Diamond Village Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611

352-294-2243

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=90

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

 

CHILD Center for Early Learning

https://www.facebook.com/CHILD-Center-for-Early-Learning-233223094175720/

820 SW 62nd Terr, Gainesville, FL 32607

352-519-1345

Readiness Rate: New Center, No Rates

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

 

First Presbyterian Preschool 

http://www.1stpc.org/preschool.html

106 SW 3rd St., Gainesville, FL 32601

352-376-1818

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=85

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

 

Gainesville Country Day School

https://www.gainesvillecountrydayschool.org/

6801 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

352-332-7783

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

https://kiddieacademy.com/academies/gainesville-fl/

6476 SW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

352-264-7724

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=78

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

La Petite Academy

https://www.lapetite.com/

2755 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

352-371-0720

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=48

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

My School Child Care Center

http://www.campuscofc.org/#/campus-community/my-school

2720 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

352-373-1328

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=83

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

O2B Kids College 3 (Archer Road)

http://www.o2bkids.com/

3989 SW 37th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608

352-378-8838

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=60

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

 

Premier Preschool of Gainesville

https://www.thepremierpreschool.com/

10 SW 75th St, Gainesville, Fl 32607

352-519-5300

Readiness Rate: N/A, new provider

Class Schedule: 8:00am-12:30am 

 

The Academy at The Family Church

http://www.academyatfamily.com/

2022 SW 122nd St, Gainesville, FL 32607

352-642-1290

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

352-271-0301

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 43

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

A Child’s Academy

www.achildsacademy.com

3401 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32605

352-371-3360

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

352-548-4899

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017 Not Available

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

 

A Child’s Dream

http://againesvillepreschool.com/index.html

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)

https://www.cornerstoneacademy.school/

1520 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32605

352-378-9337

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

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

 

Flowers Montessori School, Inc

http://www.flowersmontessori.com/

3111 NW 31st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-376-4700

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

Class Schedule: 8:45am-12:30pm 

 

Hagios Early Learning Center

https://hagiosearlylearningcenter.com/

4138 NW 13 Street, Gainesville, Fl. 32609

352-260-4477

Readiness Rate: Not Available

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

Just A Blessing Early Learning Center

http://www.justablessingearlylearningcenter.com/

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

352-331-3075

Readiness Rate: Not Available/New Provider

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Kid City USA Gainesville

https://www.kidcityusa.com/gainesville

1127 NW 7 Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

352-378-2337

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

352-519-5552

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=20

Class Schedule: 8:30am-12:30pm 

 

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

http://newberryccs.org/pre-k/

3536 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32605

352-363-6322

Readiness Rate: N/A (new provider)

Class Schedule: 8:00am-2:00pm 

 

Love N Care Christian Learning Center

https://www.facebook.com/LNCare/

1520 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-378-5190

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=100

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Nanny’s Loving Arms Early Learning Academy

https://www.facebook.com/NannysLovingArms15

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

352-745-7217

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=20

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

 

O2B Kids (Supercenter)

http://www.o2bkids.com/

6680 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-332-6400

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=68

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

O2B Kids College 2 (Hunter’s Crossing)

http://www.o2bkids.com/Location.aspx?id=15

4929 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606

352-371-4202

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=70

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

 

O2B Kids College 4 (Midtown)

http://www.o2bkids.com/

1555 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-374-2202

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=65

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

 

Open Arms Child Development Center

http://www.flcgainesville.org/openarms/

1823 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603

352-373-5856

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=73

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

Persimmon Early Learning Academy

https://www.persimmonela.com/

1121 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-505-0144

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=93

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Santa Fe Little School

https://www.sfcollege.edu/little-school/

3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606

352-395-5599

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=82

Class Schedule: 9:00-12:00 

 

Small World Daycare

https://swdc.co/

1214 NW 4 Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

352-376-0917

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=44

Class Schedule: 9am-12pm 

 

Sonshine Day Preschool

https://www.facebook.com/Sonshine-Day-Preschool-173405132674959/

10000 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32606

352-333-0017

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

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

 

Step by Step Learning Center

http://stepbysteplearningcenter.com/

2211 NW 40th Terr, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-373-6988

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=81

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

The Kidz House

http://thekidzhouse.com/

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

352-371-6269

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

The Sunshine House

https://sunshinehouse.com/center/gainesville

2530 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605

352-376-4765

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=88

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

Micanopy Area Cooperative School

https://www.macschool.us/

802 Seminary Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667

352-466-0990

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=75

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

 

Bhaktivedanta Academy

http://www.bhaktischool.org/

17414 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua, FL 32615

386-462-2886

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= Not Available

Class Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-11:30am 

 

First Christian Academy

http://fcahighsprings.org/

24530 NW 199th Ln, High Springs, FL 32643

386-454-1641

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=78

Class Schedule: 8:00am-11:00aam 

 

Greenfield Preschool LLC

https://www.facebook.com/GFpreschool/

21805 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669

352-472-7977

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 60

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

 

Hawthorne Academy

https://www.facebook.com/hawthorneacademy/

20825 SE Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, FL 32640

352-358-8030

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017= 50

Class Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm 

 

It’s About Kids

24621 Doc Karelas Dr, Newberry, FL 32669

352-472-5437

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=67

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

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

https://www.leesfun2learn.com/

18129 Douglass St., High Springs, FL 32643

386-454-5568

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=57

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

 

Lee’s Preschool Center, Inc.

14017 NW 166th Pl, Alachua, FL 32615

386-462-2109

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=44

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

 

Love N Care Preschool

https://www.facebook.com/LNCPreschool/

12440 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615

386-418-0404

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=43

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Martin-Rochelle Learning Center

13645 SW State Rd. 45, Archer, FL 32618

352-495-9346

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=71

Class Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am 

 

O2B Kids College 6 (Alachua)

http://www.o2bkids.com/

14400 NW 152nd Ln, Alachua, FL 32615

386-462-0092

Readiness Rate: 2016-2017=56

Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm 

 

Pumpkin Patch Preschool

http://www.pumpkinpatch-childcare.com/

6105 SE 205 Street, Hawthorne, FL 32640-1920

352-481-2709

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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