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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

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2022-2023 VPK is full and not taking applications at this time.

 

2023-2024 VPK Lottery Information

 

Durbin Creek Elementary’s VPK program provides school readiness skills, along with social/emotional development, in an environment that nurtures and encourages a lifelong love of learning. Students are chosen through a lottery system. See below for Lottery details.

 

The program consists of classes that blend 4 VPK students with up to 14 Pre-K students, ages 3-5, who have a qualified need for services through our ESE program.

 

Each classroom is headed by a highly qualified teacher with a degree in the areas of early childhood and disabilities, and one paraprofessional.

 

VPK Program details

o Child must be four years old on or before September 1st.

o 5-days a week, full-day* program, that matches the regular school calendar. 

o Hours are 8:30 am – 2:30 pm M,T,TH,F and W 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

o Fees* for 2023-2024 are paid monthly. $390 (not free or reduced eligible), $136.50 (reduced eligible), or Free (free eligible). The SJCSD VPK Program consists of the first three hours free with a wrap-around service fee for a full school day .

o Meals are not included, unless your child qualifies for the free/reduced fee. 

To find out if your family is eligible for Free or Reduced Meal status, visit: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/food/free/. The printable application shows the federal eligibility income chart. 

o Transportation and Extended Day are NOT AVAILABLE to VPK students.

 

* Please note: Durbin Creek Elementary’s VPK program is a full day commitment and corresponding fees are required. Price updated on 1/4/2023.

 

VPK selection is done by a lottery system, with applications accepted in January and final selections taking place early February. All children not selected will be placed on a waitlist. Due to the high volume of lottery applications, it is advised that you make applications at other facilities, as well.

SJCSD is a contracted VPK provider. You have a choice in the selection of a VPK program that meets your needs. For other options click here to locate other VPK PROVIDERS or further questions, please contact:

 

Episcopal Children’s Services

8443 Baymeadows Rd. Suite 1

Jacksonville, FL 32256

VPK Department

(904)726-1500