Kate M. Smith (Kindergarten)

Washington County VPK Center (VPK)

Vernon Elementary School (VPK & Kindergarten)

Begin Registration on April 8, 2024, for the 2024-2025 school year





All registrations must now be completed online …. Please see the instructions below:

If you have a new student (who has NOT previously enrolled in Washington County Schools), you may click here to complete the online registration form. 

Parents/guardians of returning students will need to:

  • Log into the Parent Portal.

  • Go to the student's information box and click on "Form Summary."

  • Complete the Student Information Update/Returning Student Form under Available Forms.

VPK openings are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Please see the office staff at Washington County VPK Center or call 850-638-6380 for more details.

Children starting VPK must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2024.
Children starting Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2024.

You must provide:

  • Certified Birth Certificate (not hospital copy)

  • Florida Immunization Record (can be obtained at location shots were received…i.e., Health Dept. or Doctors office.

  • Florida Physical (must be dated within one year of the first day of school)

  • Early Learning Coalition Certificate (VPK Students ONLY) https://elcnwf.org/families/vpk




The State-sponsored Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) Program is free. The State of Florida pays for 540 free hours. WCSD offers those 540 hours in 180 days for 3 hours (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) each day.

To complement the free VPK program, WCSD also offers an enrichment program. The enrichment portion of the day follows the 3-hour VPK portion and is offered from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. All children enrolled in a VPK program are eligible to participate in the enrichment part of the day.

The fee portion of the enrichment program is not supported by state-funded VPK funds or the regular school budget. Washington County School District has absorbed the weekly fees for the past two years using federal grant funding awarded to support extended-day literacy and enrichment for all VPK students.

Due to the grant project ending, beginning August 12, 2024, if you desire for your child to attend beyond the free hours the State provides, it will be the parent or guardians’ responsibility to pay for those additional services at the cost of $50/week for students to participate in the enrichment program offered at 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day.