Program Hours

9:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday


12:30 pm -3:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Program Information

VPK stands for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns (4) four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida’s FREE Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) education program.


Focuses on literacy, math, science and social skills
Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten

Benefits of VPK
  • Structured early learning helps build better language and social skills
  • Better prepared in Kindergarten
  • Score higher in areas of pre-reading and pre-math
  • There is no tuition cost for this program*

*No money is required for registration. A Certificate of Eligibility is required from the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas (www.elcpinellas.net) when you enroll. Click here to download and open the Certificate of Eligibility.

VPK Voucher Information for PARENTS

Your VPK voucher must be attached to your Growing Tree Registration Form at the time of registration.  You may apply and print out your voucher online at www.elcpinellas.net

Program Teachers & Classroom Schedules

There are currently two VPK classrooms at the Growing Tree, just click on the teachers’ pictures to see their classroom page, and be sure to check out our photo gallery for pictures of all classrooms!

    Mrs. Braun & Ms. Ridge

 VPK “A” Class Schedule

(Student-Teacher ratio 20:2)
Monday-Friday (9:00am – 12:00pm)

  • 8:55-9:15 Hello! Journal /Table Top /Activities
  • 9:15-9:55 Playground/Gross Motor /Wash Hands
  • 9:55-10:20 Circle Time
  • 10:20-10:40 Snack Time
  • 10:40-11:00 Story Time/Literacy
  • 11:00-11:35 Free Choice Activity / Centers that include math and science experiences / Clean Up
  • 11:35-12:00 Backpacks and Closing Circle
VPK C Mrs. Braun

Mrs. Braun

 VPK “C” Class Schedule

(Student-Teacher ratio 10:1)
Monday-Friday (12:30pm-3:30pm)

  • 12:30-12:45 Hello! Journal / Table Top Activities
  • 12:45-1:05 Circle Time
  • 1:05-1:40 Playground / Gross Motor/ Wash Hands
  • 1:40-2:00 Snack Time
  • 2:00-2:15 Story Time / Literacy
  • 2:15-2:55 Free Choice Activity / Clean Up
  • 2:55-3:10 Math/Science Activity
  • 3:10-3:15 Backpacks
  • 3:15-3:30 Closing Circle