VPK at First Discoveries

Since opening in 2008, First Discoveries has offered the Voluntary Prekindergten program (VPK). We understand the important of preparing children to be successful in kindergarten, and we know that parents appreciate the tuition assistance this program provides.

 

Our morning PreKindergarten program is five hours, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The VPK certificate funds a portion of the program and families share the cost with a modest tuition. The VPK only program is from 7:45 to 12:00 for families that only want the free program.


We know that learning involves messy, hands-on activiites, and that children need enough time to be engaged in meaningful activities.  Having enough time to explore is important to developing vocabulary and concepts, which will help all children be successful in kindergarten and throughout school.

Our VPK Teachers

Ms. Cindy has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool, VPK, kindergarten and first grade.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher and also holds a teaching certificate for the State of Florida.  As the owner and founder of First Discoveries, she is committed to hiring and training experienced, caring teachers who understand the critical role early childhood plays in a child's development.  Our teachers have a rich background of experience and training, allowing them to plan and implement a child-centered curriculum that meets the needs of all children!

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We know that caring, dedicated teachers are the most important resource of any school.  Our VPK staff is dedicated to children and enthusiastic about learning.

Meaningful Learning = Engaged Children

Water color painting by a VPK student

 

Did you know that painting and drawing are important early literacy skills?  Making representational art, such as this water color painting with the sun and flowers, involves "symbolic representation" -- the same cognitive skill children will use as they begin to realize that printed letters stand for sounds.  Symbolic representation helps children read, write, and solve math problems.

VPK at First Discoveries:
Affordable Tuition ... Exceptional Quality

Participaing in VPK allows us to provide a high-quality learning program for four year olds.  Parents and children benefit from an exceptional quality program that is affordable for all families.  We are proud to offer a variety of schedules and programs to meet the needs of all families.

 

Our Program

When choosing a VPK program for your child, you have many choices at both private and public schools.  So, why choose First Discoveries?

  • Teachers with degrees and national certifications mean that your child will benefit from richer learning experiences.
  • Hands-on learning means your child will love school and be an eager learner.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks will nurture your child's body, and help your child develop healthy eating habits.
  • Individual child assessments ensures that your child receives an excellent education and is prepared for success in kindergarten and throughout school.

How to Choose a PreKindergarten Program

We understand that choosing a school for your child is a very important decision.  Research confirms what parents have always known:  a high quality preschool program provides a critical foundation for children's learning, growth and development.


When choosing a preschool program, talk to friends and families to ask for recommendations. Visit several schools,observe the classrooms, and meet the teachers. 


Here are a few questions you can ask during your visits:


  • Do you participate in VPK? 
    If not, parent's tuition costs will be considerably higher.
  • What are the qualifications and experience of your PreK teachers? 
    The state requires VPK teachers to have a minimum of a CDA, but national standards recommend that PreK teachers have a degree in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education.
  • What curriculum do you use? How do you assess children's learning?
    Young children learn best when they have many opportunities for hands-on learning.  Math, science and literacy are learned as children experience them in meaningful ways.  According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, worksheets are not effective early learning experiences!
  • How do you keep parents informed of what is happening in the class?
    Parents should be valued partners in their child's education.  Be sure to pick a school where you are informed about the classroom through newsletters, calendars, daily conversations and parent conferences.  Parents should also be welcome to visit the classroom and there should be many opportunities to volunteer in meaningful ways.
  • Do you offer enrichment programs?
    Preschool children are like sponges ... learning and growing every minute!  Enrichment programs, such as Spanish lessons, sports programs, dance lessons and special programs, are a great way to enhance children's development and keep them motivated about learning.
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