If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE VPK. VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
This a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.
The foundation was formed to work toward an early childhood education and development initiative in Miami-Dade County. It aims toward "universal readiness" -- that is, making available and affordable high quality health, education and nurturing for all children between birth and age 5. It works toward the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of all children so that they are ready and eager to be successful in the first grade and in life.
APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) is a national early learning program accreditation. With over 900 accredited programs and many more engaged in the process, APPLE is one of the largest accrediting programs for early learning centers. In Florida, APPLE is accepted as one of Florida’s Gold Seal Quality programs. The Gold Seal program provides additional benefits including: ad valorem tax relief, a sales tax exemption on supplies and materials, and an increase in reimbursement for subsidized care. The best benefit is giving your parents the confidence that the care of their children is at an APPLE accredited center.
The four major goals or results that The Children's Trust seeks to achieve in collaboration with community partners: Children are healthy physically and emotionally; supported by safe, nurturing families and communities; ready to succeed when entering school; and succeeding in school and society. The Children's Trust partners with the community to plan, advocate for and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County.
HighScope's research on preschool education has had an important impact on public policy, contributing to the continuation of the national Head Start program and other educational programs for young children. HighScope preschool programs are compatible with the Guidelines for Appropriate Practice published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).