Best Features of a Daycare with Voluntary Pre Kindergarten or VPK in Carrollwood, Tampa, 33625

Published: 29th January 2010
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Children in Florida are the main focus of the government's free Voluntary Pre Kindergarten or VPK Program. Because of this, most of the reputable daycare centers have included the VPK preschool preparatory program in their own line up of educational programs and activities. To guide these daycare centers as well as the children's parents in Carrollwood, Tampa, 33625, the Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards are regularly updated. The 2008 updated version defines the best features of a daycare center that includes the VPK Program in its offering.

The Florida government has also published a flipbook entitled "It's Okay to Play in VPK." This is in connection with, and is complementary to, the Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards of 2008. The 2008 Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards defines the proficiencies that the VPK Program teaches to four year old children. The flipbook, on the other hand, guides parents in developing the necessary learning environments most conducive for the children to learn such proficiencies. The two documents are intended to be used together by the educators and the parents. Parents could use the documents as guides, too, in choosing the daycare center with the best features for their children.

The VPK program covers eight developmental domains as defined by the Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards of 2008. These are Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication, Emergent Literacy, Mathematical and Scientific Thinking, Social Studies and the Arts, Physical Health and Motor Development.

These eight developmental domains of child development are best supported through various types of play activities in the classroom, the home and the community. This is the basis of the title of the flipbook, "It's Okay to Play in VPK." The play activities are used as active learning techniques. Scientific research has proven that children learn more from hands on experiences and that this is best done through play activities specially formulated to attain certain developmental goals. The children are guided through the structured play activities in order for them to fully explore their senses and apply their newly acquired skills. The play experiences chosen are those that are meaningful to the children of that age group and are, therefore, suited to their developmental stage.

Children in a daycare center should be healthy and should feel happy in being involved with the many activities provided for them. These activities should be in line with the Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards and the flipbook. The schedule of activities should be well designed to include equal amounts of play and learning both indoors and outdoors. The VPK teachers overseeing the program should be friendly, kind, patient and calm.

The premises of the daycare center should have ample space for various types of learning centers and play activity centers indoors and outdoors. There should be a library with a big and varied collection of children's books, a children's art center with a variety of creative materials, a dramatic play center, a music center, a huge collection of educational and manipulative toys, puzzles and blocks, a sand table and a water table. All facilities should be child safe, child friendly and clean. All equipment should be working properly and safely. The entire atmosphere should be cheerful.

A Brighter Future Child Development and Learning Center is a Christian facility in Carrollwood, Tampa, 33625 that provides childcare services to children from 6 weeks to 11 years old. It offers daycare that includes the Voluntary Pre Kindergarten or VPK Program as well as after school child development programs for older children in K1, K2, K3, and K4. It definitely has all the best features of a daycare with Voluntary Pre Kindergarten or VPK in Carrollwood, Tampa, 33625.

A Brighter Future Child Development and Learning Center
11112 Henderson Rd
Tampa, FL 33625
Phone: (813) 264-3500
Email: vineah@yahoo.com

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