Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)- 4 yrs. before Sept 1st

What is VPK?

It’s easy. It’s FREE for ALL regardless of income. Military dependents are eligible, too.

St. Paul Preschool offers the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK). This is a FREE, voluntary state subsidized program for all children who turn four on or by September 1. To participate your child must be registered and tracked by the State of Florida. Parents must supply birth certificates and proof of residency to Child Care Services (107 Tupelo Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, phone: 850-833-9330) for all participating students. VPK students must attend class for 540 hours to be eligible.

You may read additional information and apply for the VPK program at School Readiness. After you complete this on-line application for VPK, you will be required to meet with a representative of the early learning coalition that serves Okaloosa County.


  • Christ-centered curriculum
  • Daily praise/worship music and chapel once a week
  • Small, personalized class sizes and excellent teacher/child ratio
  • Comprehensive evaluations and parent conferences
  • Special music and worship programs
  • Highly trained and experienced staff
  • Extended care– 12:30-3:00 (optional)
  • Renovated playground
  • Field trips and classroom guests
  • Intense age and developmentally appropriate phonemic awareness materials

Primary Goals

  • Developing the child's self-concept
  • Helping and guiding the child so that the joy of discovery and learning may be experienced.
  • Encouraging and assisting the child to make choices and decisions.
  • Helping the child to develop positive relationships with other children and adults.


The classroom environment at St. Paul is planned to be educational and stimulating, with various interest areas such as books, art, music, puzzles, and manipulative toys. The curriculum and methods are developed from current relevant educational principles.

Class Hours & Tuition Rates

VPK Student (State Sponsored VPK Certificate) - 8:30am to 12:30pm (Mon-Thurs); State Funds Tuition & Fees

Non-VPK Student (No VPK Certificate) - 8:30am to 12:30pm (Mon-Thurs); $285 monthly, $100 Supply Fee; (New Student Fee- $25.00)

Supply Fees are non-refundable and must be paid in order for the child to be enrolled. Based on enrollment, class hours/days subject to change. Tuition is due on the first school day of each month. A late fee of $25 may be assessed if tuition is not received by the 5th of the month.  Full tuition is due regardless of the number of holidays. Authorization forms for auto-pay are available through the church/preschool office.

Click here to review Tuition and Fees information

Click here to access the Registration Forms

Call 850-678-1298 or email neicy.mott@stpaulniceville.com for more information.

Immunization & School Health Requirements

State law requires that all students attending Florida schools have certain immunizations and a current school health exam. (Public/non-public Preschools and schools: section 1003.22, Florida Statutes, and Rule 64D-3.046, Florida Administrative Code). Failure to comply with these requirements could result in suspension from school. The Supervisor of the Okaloosa County Health Department must sign a religious exemption of immunizations in order for your child to attend school if you choose not to immunize your child.

  1. Student is required to obtain a current Florida Certificate of Immunization
  2. Student is required to obtain a current School Entry Health Exam.
  3. Student is required to obtain a copy of Birth Certificate.

These 3 forms must be on file in the school office for the child to attend St. Paul Christian School.

Registration Deadlines

The Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa County starts processing Florida VPK applications in January for the coming school year. Please register as soon as possible.