Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and Family Central
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
The Child Development Center participates in our state’s VPK and summer VPK programs. The Florida VPK program states that every child that is or will be four years of age by September 1st of each academic year is entitled to attend pre-kindergarten free of charge. The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program is offered either throughout the academic year, typically from August through May, or for the summer VPK session, typically from June through August. The first program entitles your child to attend pre-kindergarten for 3 hours daily, from 8:30 to 11:30am. We also invite your child to stay for lunch daily at no extra cost. Lunch ends at 12pm. The summer VPK session entitles your child to attend pre-kindergarten for 7 hours daily, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Both sessions are staffed by qualified and certified teachers.
The only requirement for eligibility is that the child turn 4 years of age by September 1 of that calendar year and that the child is a Florida resident. It is the parent’s responsibility to apply either online or in person for the VPK program.
We also offer Summer VPK taught by a certified Florida teacher with a Master's degree in literacy. The hours are 8:30am-4:30pm at no cost. All meals are included. Any child who has not participated in the school year VPK and will be entering kindergarten is eligible. This includes any child who has participated in Head Start or a private program for 4-year-olds. This is a great way to keep your child's newly learned skills intact to ensure a successful Kindergarten year!
Family Central is a non-for-profit agency that offers financial assistance and other child related services to families in financial need. The Child Development Center is partnered with and accepts Family Central vouchers. It is the parent’s responsibility to contact Family Central (954.720.1000 or www.familycentral.org) to determine if your family is eligible for a voucher. It is the parent’s responsibility to maintain all records that Family Central requires and to pay any additional fees this agency does not cover. Family Central requires that all children participating in the program be signed in and out daily. Family central performs random audits and requires full signatures on all sign-in sheets, no initials. Parents need to sign in and out daily and not at the end of the month. Failure to maintain proper records may result in termination of services.