of Valrico / Circa Fishhawk

What is VPK?

Posted on 11-12-2016 | Ben Fernandes


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.

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

5815 Kids Crossing Dr, Lithia, FL, 33547,

(813) 526-7000

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