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How to Enroll Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Florida’s FREE pre-k program for children turning 4 years old on or before September 1 !

How to enroll in Duval County:

1. Ensure you have a working email address.

2. Log on to www.VPKDuval.org and complete the online VPK application.

3. Separately scan and submit supporting documents in PDF format.

  • One proof of current residency: driver’s license, utility bill, or paystub
  • One proof of child’s age: birth certificate, passport, or military ID (Shot records cannot be accepted)

4. Once the application and documentation is reviewed, a Certificate of Eligibility will be emailed to families within five {5) business days.

5. A list of eligible VPK providers is available online to view and download.


Please join us for Free Fall VPK 2017

Begins August 14, 2017

Morning Class: 8:00am – 11:00am
Afternoon Class: 12 noon – 3:00pm

Classes begin August 14, 2017.

  • Classes are not open to 4 years old who have not yet attended VPK.
  • Your child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2017

Contact: Joanne Parks
jparks@parksplacelearningcenter.com

 

Before Your Kids are Five

10 Things to Do Before Your Child Turns 5

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UNLIKE OTHER TO-DO LISTS, THIS ONE WILL BE FUN TO GET THROUGH.

  1. Grow a flower. Guess the color it will turn out to be. Measure its progress.
  2. Watch fireworks. Fire? In the sky? That makes beautiful shapes in pretty colors?! Before you’re old enough to understand the
    science of the thing, a fireworks display can seem like a miracle.
  3. Roll down a grassy hill. This is such a simple, silly thing, but we all remember doing it. And that’s the whole point.
  4. Catch a firefly, then let it go. This one has an extra, “‘now or never” imperative. Reports show that fireflies are declining in numbers just about everywhere. So catch some while you can.
  5. See a live show. There’s nothing like a stage show, with humans performing right there in front of you. Pricey tickets not needed.
  6. Go camping. It sets children up for a lifelong love of nature.
  7. Stargaze. Talk about how 1t takes thousands of years for the light of the stars to reach us. Your kids probably won’t grasp it all, but that’s okay. What they’ll remember is that they got to stay up way past their bedtime and go outside in their PJs.
  8. Do a character meet-and-greet. They will never be excited about people wearing silly costumes as they are right now. And the resulting photos? Priceless.
  9. Bake from scratch. Sugar cookies, carrot cake, brownies…it all works. The process is what matters. Let them see that not all food comes easy to us, and a lot of times it tastes better if it doesn’t.
  10. Visit an amusement park. Walking  around all day, eating fried concoctions laughing your head off on automated rides, and then being carried, half-asleep, out of the par in your parent’s arms should be a hallmark of every childhood.