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What is VPK?

Posted on 11-12-2016 | Ben Fernandes

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You might have seen or heard the acronym VPK before, but do you know what it really means? Or what it entails?

VPK stands for Voluntary Prekindergarten, and is a program for 4- and 5-year-olds the year before they become eligible for kindergarten that aims to jump start their learning by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills.

VPK is actually a free program offered to all children who live in the state of Florida. Kids `R` Kids Learning Academy, with locations in Valrico and Circa/Fishhawk, is proud to be one of the approved providers of the service since its inception in 2002. Our accelerated Pre-K curriculum includes Math, Science, Spanish, French, Music, Sign Language and more. As part of our program, we offer trips to the theatre and have in-school visitors on an ongoing basis educating your children and preparing them for national kindergarten.

Some of the benefits of enrolling your child in a VPK program include:

  • The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions also emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
  • Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.

And VPK programs don’t just benefit young children. Studies have found that kids who attend VPK or Pre-K programs are 60% less likely to become a teen parent, and 36% more likely to attend a four-year college. And studies have found that every public dollar spent on preschool returns $7 through increased productivity and savings on public assistance and criminal justice. In a 2010 report, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce found that for every dollar invested in pre-K today, savings range from $2.50 to as much as $17 in the years ahead. All because a child had a love of learning and the chance to develop better social skills earlier in life.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy, we provide well-organized, child-focused classrooms with a schedule that encourages a balance of active and quiet activities. We share your passion for laying the strongest possible foundation for success to help your child soar into their brightest future. If you have a preschool-aged child now, or are interested in gathering information for future enrollment, contact one of our enrollment specialists today to schedule a tour.

Stat Resources:

https://www.elchc.org/why-early-education/

http://www.vpkhelp.org/

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Circa / FishHawk,

5815 Kids Crossing Dr, Lithia, FL, 33547,

(813) 526-7000

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