Editor: Attention Florida residents, if you are the parent of a 4-year-old child, or a 3 year old who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2013, your child is eligible for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. It is a state of Florida funded program open to all Florida resident 4 year olds regardless of family income. This program was voted in by residents and is funded by our taxpayers. The program has high standards that are maintained by routine inspections from the trained staff members of the Early Learning Coalition.
The VPK program gives your child a solid foundation on which to enter kindergarten. The expectations placed on kindergartners in todayís world make it almost impossible for a child to be successful in kindergarten if they have not completed the VPK. The program is designed to be a prerequisite to kindergarten, offering the child experiences to grow in math, print knowledge, phonological awareness, and oral language and vocabulary skills. The child also builds social skills and valuable classroom experiences to enhance their growth.
Parents may visit the website at vpkpinellas.net to pick their desired school location and to sign their child up for this awesome opportunity. This may be done online or by calling the number listed on the website to schedule an appointment. When the process is complete you are given a certificate to turn in to the school of your choice. They offer a list of schools to choose from on the website. The parent has the option of visiting any of the schools listed to find the best fit for their child.
Parents, donít let this opportunity slip by you, take advantage of it and let your child reap the benefits of this incredible fun and exciting FREE adventure. The website again is vpkpinellas.net. Hope to see you and your child in one of our programs soon!
Krystal Gibbs Director and VPK teacher at Wilhelmís School Clearwater