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VPK Program

(Free Pre-Kindergarten)

We are excited to announce the start of VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program) at Kiddie City Early Education Center. This program is free for all children age 4 years old on or before September 1st and is funded by the state of Florida. This entitles each student to 540 hours of instruction time (9:00am to 12:00pm, Monday to Friday) at no cost to you.

 

 

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

The Preschool program at Kiddie City offers a wide variety of activities to engage your child and prepare him or her for kindergarten. Our focus areas in this program include problem-solving; responsive listening and using language to learn; and social and collaborative skills.

Specifically, your child will learn:

  • Pre-reading skills

  • Pre-writing, small muscle activities

  • Pre-math skills

  • Physical coordination skills

  • Social skills, such as focusing and collaborating.

And you can feel confident knowing the lesson plans are customized to meet your child’s developmental needs. Our teachers create plans that are built on research-based learning objectives and driven by each child’s readiness to learn.

Teachers provide regular updates, ongoing portfolio collections, and twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences, to ensure your preschooler is progressing on his or her journey in school readiness.

 

Curriculum

Intelligence is the way each of us perceives and understands the world as we encounter problems and seek solutions.

This theory provides an approach to nurturing and teaching children that focuses on individual needs and strengths. By providing a variety of experiences to foster each and every intelligence, children become more adept in all intellectual aspects.

Our teaching strategies are designed to maximize the full development of each individual child and recognize how they learn different subjects in different ways, utilizing their bits of intelligence to help each individual child develop farther.

 

Classroom spaces and experiences are used for

  • Reading, writing and telling stories

  • Logical thinking, patterns, and numbers

  • Expression through one’s body movement and physical activity

  • Visualization, building, drawing, and design

  • Rhythm, signing, and creating music

  • In tune with the physical world and living things

  • Working in groups, sensitivity to others, leadership

  • Keep in touch with personal feelings and thoughts

 

Focus on Literacy!

In Preschool, our program promotes early literacy skills. In-school and at-home activities are designed to improve your child's literacy and cognition in:

  • Vocabulary development: using language purposefully and precisely in thinking and communicating

  • Phonological awareness: hearing and manipulating groups of sounds (rhymes and syllables) in spoken language

  • Phonemic awareness: hearing, identifying, and manipulating single sounds in spoken words to recognize similarities and differences and how sounds relate to each other

  • Print awareness: understanding the meaning of written language

  • Alphabet knowledge: recognizing that letters are their own unique symbols and each has its own name, sound, shape, and order within the alphabet

 

We're excited to share this program with your child, to encourage literacy in a fun, interesting and interactive way!

How to Enroll:

  1. Log onto www.familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/ and complete the VPK application. You must have these required documents - one proof of residency: driver's license, utility bill or paystub, and proof of child's age: birth certificate or passport. You will need to separately scan and submit supporting documents in PDF format. Visit Early Learning Coalition VPK Frequently Asked Questions for more information on registering your child for VPK.                                                         

  2. Present both VPK application and the Certificate of Eligibility to Kiddie City office staff.