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AYA’s Early Childhood Program adheres to the regulations of the Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing.

AYA follows the guidelines of: 

Children may participate in the VPK program once. Once a child is eligible to enter kindergarten, they are no longer eligible to participate in VPK. If you aren't sure about your child's eligibility, please call the Hillsborough County VPK Office: (813) 740-4713  or visit the VPK Website.

School Readiness Program: AYA’s K3 through K4 programs are eligible for funding through the School Readiness Program. More information is available through the Registrar’s Office.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Provides families with comprehensive information and customized referrals for all school readiness and early care and education programs. All referrals are unbiased, computer generated and based on individual family circumstances and preferences, without regard to the family income.

One of the most important and difficult decisions for families is choosing an arrangement that best meets their needs. CCR&R is committed to helping families find answers to their questions regarding how to locate, choose and use quality services, access financial assistance, and other early childhood and education concerns.

Eligibility for financial assistance for the early childhood program can be determined by Child Care Resource and Referral. A sliding fee schedule is used to determine the parent's portion of payment based on income. Services are provided to children from infancy through age 10.

For more information, please see the AYA Registrar.


All of AYA’s classrooms follow teacher/child ratios as required by the Hillsborough County Child Care Licensing, VPK and FKC.

Licensing requires the following minimum adult-child ratios:

•    3 year olds: 1:15
•    4 and 5 year olds: 1:20

VPK accredited centers require the following minimum adult-child ratios:

•    3 year olds: 1:15 (group size of 20) w/FT Assistant available
•    4 year olds: 1:10 (maximum group size of 18)