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VPK Near You

VPK Programs in Lakeland + Polk County

Voluntary Prekindergarten, also known as Florida VPK Florida, is a free statewide preschool program for all 4-year- old children regardless of income. VPK prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Below you’ll find a directory of VPK Programs near you. Note that not all PreK-4 programs accept VPK certificates. To learn more about VPK eligibility and how to apply for a VPK program in Polk County, check out our full article on Florida VPK.

Helpful Articles: 

Useful Links:

  • DCF Childcare Search – Childcare facilities in Florida are licensed by the Department of Children & Families. Visit the link to research local providers.
  • Polk Early Learning Coalition Website – The ELC has a wealth of information on their website including How to Select a Child Care Provider, Applications for VPK Certificates, Eligibility for School Readiness Funds, and much more.

We recognize that finding a daycare with available space can be a daunting task. If after contacting the daycares on your list you are still having trouble finding an opening, visit the Lakeland Moms Group on Facebook to ask your fellow moms if they know of a preschool or daycare with availability.

Our Preschool & Daycare Guide contains both sponsored and free listings. This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are almost 400 registered child care providers in Polk County. Visit myflfamilies.com for a full list.

Use the map at the bottom to find Preschool – VPK Programs Near You.

Bright Imaginations Learning Center
3915 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
6075 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Covenant Child Development Center
210 Poppell Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Cypress Junction Montessori Preschool & K-8 Charter School
201 Avenue B Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
First Steps Preschool (First United Methodist Church)
72 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Hands & Hearts In Motion
3330 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Head of the Class Childcare Center

Welcome to Head of the Class Learning Center! We have served families in Lakeland for over 15 years and go above and beyond other preschools to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Our private school (k-5) offers differentiated learning to effectively challenge each student, ensures a close relationship with students and families and prepares students for their future.

1836 Kathleen Road, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Little Einstein Preschool
3034 Atlantic Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803
1123-1165 1st Street South, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Montessori Preschool of Lakeland
334 Doris Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Oasis Christian Academy (PreK3-12th grade)
151 King Road Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Polk County Catholic Schools (PreK - 12)

Polk County Catholic Schools has 4 preschools serving children entering Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and VPK. Neumann Early Learning Academy and Resurrection Catholic School are located in south Lakeland. St. Anthony Catholic School is located in north Lakeland and St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven. For more information about our preschools, please visit us at www.polkcountycahtolicschools.com

3720 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
535 Avenue M Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
820 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
501 East Carter Road, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Precious Children in the Highlands Preschool at Presbyterian Church in the Highlands
1010 Lake Miriam Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Resurrection Catholic School (PreK3-8)
3720 Old Highway 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Ridge Christian Academy (VPK-12)
41219 U.S. 27, Davenport, Florida 33837
Saint Anthony Catholic School (VPK-8)
930 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
St. Joseph Academy Lakeland (Closing Summer 2020)
310 Frank Lloyd Wright Way, Lakeland, Florida 33803
St. Joseph Catholic School (PreK3-8)
532 Avenue M Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Winter Haven Montessori
305 Avenue East Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Excel Christian Academy (Infant - 12th grade)

Excel Christian Academy opened its doors as Lake Wire Christian Academy in 1974 with a single preschool class and has since grown to a community of more than 400 students, from infants to high school seniors. Located on a 26-acre campus in Lakeland, Excel Christian Academy is a ministry of Free Life Chapel, and under its dedicated and inspiring leadership, has high hopes and great vision for the future in “Pursuing Excellence with Honor.”

What makes your school unique?
At Excel Christian Academy, the emphasis is for each child from PreK-high school to realize his or her God-given potential, developing confidence and self-awareness, creativity and curiosity, and a deep understanding of community and connectedness to others. A robust, well-rounded curriculum with talented and engaging teachers and an energetic and diverse peer group provides students endless opportunities to discover their passions and talents. Our commitment to the core values of Creativity, Honor, Diversity, Excellence, and Generosity ensures the social/emotional, academic, physical and spiritual needs of each child are met. Visual and performing arts promote confidence and creativity. Physical education classes include Archery and Taekwondo. Athletic teams include JV/Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Flag Football, and Soccer.

Ages/Grades Served:
Excel Christian Academy’s Early Childhood Center accepts infants and children from 6 weeks through 4 years old (PreK4). Excel Christian Academy serves students from Kindergarten-12th grade.

Open Houses or Tours:
   Prospective families are invited to schedule tours (currently virtual) on the school website at https://www.excelonline.org/schedule-your-tour or call the Office of Admissions at 863-853-9235.

Affiliations: International League of Christian Schools, Florida League of Christian Schools (FLOCS)

Accreditation:  AdvancEd/SACS

School Hours: 6:30 am- 6:00

School Schedule: 7:50 am to 3:20 pm (with aftercare until 6pm for an additional fee)

Registration Dates / Details:
Preschool –  ongoing enrollment based on space
Academy –  suggested enrollment commitment by April 1 of each year to meet space availability.  As spaces are available open enrollment continues.

Excel Christian Academy accepts the McKay Scholarship, Florida Tax Credit (Step Up for Students, AAA), Gardiner, and Hope Scholarships.  All students are eligible for free breakfast, snack, and lunch through the National School Lunch CEP program.

6505 Odom Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809

Childcare Guide

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