2022-2023 MCSD VPK Choice


    Children who are 4 years of age by September 1 qualify for VPK for the 2022-2023 school year.

    VPK is a FREE 3 hour per day program.

    Families who live in a Title 1 school zone and choose a VPK program at a Title 1 school are eligible for a full school day program (8:30-3:20 PM) free of charge. Title 1 schools are Abel, Ballard, Bayshore Elementary, Blackburn, Daughtrey, Manatee Elementary, Moody, Oneco, Palm View, Palmetto Elementary, Prine, Rogers-Garden Bullock, Samoset, Sea Breeze and Tillman.

    Full day VPK program (8:30-3:20 PM) at a Non-Title 1 school requires a monthly fee of $275 and a $30 non-refundable registration fee.

    Families may choose a VPK program at their zoned school, or from their Elementary Cluster. To locate the student’s zoned school and Elementary Cluster, visit https://www.manateeschools.net/schoollocator and search for the enrolling parent/guardian’s home address.

    Verification of current address is required to complete enrollment.

    Transportation is not provided for VPK students. Families are responsible for transporting the VPK student to and from school.


VPK Certificate of Eligibility

  • Do you have a VPK Certificate of Eligibility for the school year 2022-2023?
    Before you can participate in VPK, you must have a VPK Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. 
    To obtain a certificate, please visit https://www.elc-manatee.org or call (941) 757-2900.


How to Apply


  • Completing a VPK Choice Application DOES NOT guarantee assignment to a choice school.
    Placement decision will be based upon school zone, school clusters and considerations listed in the application. VPK school sites are subject to change based on specific school enrollment and unit allocations.

    Applicants should receive an email with the results by Monday, March 7,2022. 
    If your email changes, or you do not receive your application results, please call the SDMC Department of Early Learning at (941) 753-0958 ext. 38200