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What is VPK?

VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

When?

We offer two VPK Programs during the year:
Fall VPK – 540 hrs of FREE instruction in a Preschool setting.

Runs from August to June, Monday to Friday morning VPK is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and afternoon VPK is from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Summer VPK – 300 hours of FREE instruction in a Preschool setting.

Runs from June to August, Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 PM.
Summer Camp VPK

Who is eligible?

If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program

How?

For information on how to register visit Family Central Inc.
You need to provide proof of residency and child’s date of birth when registering.
You can come to our schools and we will help you in the process

NO Registration fee to enroll in a VPK Program

What’s included?

Reading
Beginning To Read, Write and Listen
Comprehensive program that encompasses reading, writing, auditory, and oral skills for beginning readers
Identification of all consonant letter sounds
Introduction to short vowel sounds
Introduction to phonic skills to decode and comprehend written words
Introduction to reading simple sentences and stories
Understanding the difference between a letter, a word, and a sentence
Be able to create a series of rhyming words
Introduction to high-frequency sight words
Develop an awareness of patterns and sounds in language
Print rich environment to promote comprehension and vocabulary
Read words in familiar surroundings
Learn how to recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words
Knowledge of letters and sounds through writing and reading
Daily reading aloud and story time

Writing
Introduction of writing all letters of the alphabet
Work on writing first name legibly
Introduction to writing as a form of communication
Introduction to writing words and sentences using phonetic spelling
Participate in independent and teacher-directed story writing
Introduction to sentence structure through creative writing and self-expression
Traditional manuscript printing and writing centers

Literacy Information Gathering
Exposure to a variety of literature: fiction, non-fiction, songs, and poems
Identify differences between fiction and non-fiction
Group discussions about reading material
Introduction to gaining information from pictures, stories, and charts
Develop ability to retell a short story, with beginning, middle and end
Promote independent and critical thinking skills

Science
Introduction to Earth Science, identify and explore different seasons
Daily weather and affect it has on plants, animals and people
Introduction to plant and animal life
Begin to recognize mountains, rivers, oceans, deserts, plants, animals, and insects
Introduction of five senses
Begin to understand and describe properties of common objects
Learning through hands-on experience and field trips

Math
Introduction of classifying and sorting groups of objects
Recognize and create patterns
Introduction of printing numbers 1-20
Identify and describe simple geometric figures
Introduction to graphing skills, money, measurement, and object comparison
Introduction between numbers and quantities
Introduction of the concept of time, days of the week, months of the year
Introduction to prediction and estimation
Introduction to spatial organization, begin to use geometric representations (pattern blocks, color tiles, unifix cubes)

Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Creative arts and painting
Rhythm and movement
Cooking
Multicultural awareness and understanding
Dramatic play
Learning centers
Blocks and building manipulative
Fine motor development, cutting skills
Cooperative and team-building skills
Daily reading aloud, essential for reading success

Outdoor Play
Gross motor skills
Physical development

Age specific: December, January, February birthdates
Mandatory 5 morning attendance
Teachers degreed in Early Childhood Education
Highly qualified and caring staff
CPR and first aid certified teachers
Daily communication parents
Open door policy