Pasco’s newest school is for its youngest learners!

  • VPK vouchers accepted
  • Before and after school care
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Head Start for qualified families
  • Certified teachers



The new Mittye P. Locke Early Learning Academy is open! It is dedicated to providing a healthy, nurturing environment and a solid foundation for learning for pre-K students.

The Academy’s highly qualified and certified teachers provide enrichment activities such as art and music, as well as age-appropriate science exploration and technology. The Early Learning Academy is located on the site of the Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, which closed as a K-5 school at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year after serving the community for at this site for 57 years.

The new Academy will keep the name of the long-time principal, Mittye P. Locke, and will continue to serve the community by helping the youngest learners achieve their full potential.


We offer a FREE 3-hour Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) Monday – Friday for kids 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2023. Students can attend the whole school day for $100/week.
Before parents can apply for enrollment at Mittye P. Locke Early Learning Academy, a valid VPK Certificate of Eligibility must be obtained from the Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition.
To apply for Voluntary Prekindergarten and obtain your VPK Certificate of Eligibility, please visit prior to filling out the Pasco Schools VPK application.
If you already have a valid VPK Certificate of Eligibility, you can apply for enrollment now.
Parents interested in the federal Head Start program can find a step-by-step guide to applying by visiting our Early Childhood Programs Head Start resource page.



Jomary Schulz is the new principal at the new Mittye P. Locke Early Learning Academy. She is a veteran educator, who has worked for Pasco County Schools for more than 20 years, most recently as the assistant principal at Longleaf Elementary School. She has a passion for working with families to make sure their children are ready for success in school. 

Mrs. Schulz is bilingual and ready to make an impact in the community with a wonderful new learning environment for our early learners.


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