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Voluntary Pre-K (4/5 years)

You are not too late!  We still accepting enrollments for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten school year.  VPK is a free preschool program for 4-year-olds paid for by the state of Florida. Full day wrap-around care is available at the rate of $80 per week.

Due to smaller class sizes to comply with VPK standards, there is limited space available. Your child must be 4-years-old prior to  September 1, 2013 to be eligible for this government subsidized program. To enroll your child in VPK, you must contact the ELCFH at (941) 255-1650 to set up an appointment for obtaining a VPK voucher.  Once you receive your voucher, you may enroll your child in our VPK program.  New enrollees may be accepted after the start of the program.

For more information on the VPK program, visit the Florida Department of Education, and the Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland.

Classroom

The VPK classroom is designed to stimulate independent thinking, problem-solving skills, and the formation of positive social relationships. According to the Beyond Centers and Circle Time curriculum used in this program, teachers scaffold the children’s free choice time, by offering more support with new tasks, and lessening that support as the child’s competency increases, thereby fostering the child’s autonomy and independent mastery of skills. The classroom contains the following interest areas: Literacy Corner, Discovery (featuring Copper the Snake), Math, Manipulatives, Writing, Blocks, Sand and Water, Music, Dramatic Play, and Creative Arts. Below are a few pictures of us enjoying our stimulating learning environment.

Program

The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program is comprised of 540 instructional hours, designed to give your 4-year-old child the skills and knowledge necessary for entering kindergarten.  The mission of the voluntary pre-kindergarten program is “To ensure that all children are intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially ready to enter school and ready to learn, fully recognizing the crucial role of parents as their child’s first teacher.”  VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.