Any child who missed attending Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) during the school year is eligible for the free VPK summer program. Children who are five years old or will turn five, and will not turn six on or before September 1, 2014, and did not attend a Voluntary Pre-K Program during the school year are eligible for the 300-hour free summer program. The VPK program is not required but is offered as a free service by the State of Florida.
The summer program will begin June 12, 2014 at Tommy Smith Elementary School and will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer VPK will end August 5, 2014. Free breakfast and lunch are provided. Parents must provide transportation for the summer program. Children will be taught using developmentally appropriate practices with VPK Standards in an effort to prepare children for a successful, smooth entry into kindergarten.
Registration for the summer program is now underway at Tommy Smith Elementary School. Parents will need the following items to register: child’s proof of birth, child’s social security number, two proofs of residency, Florida Immunization Certificate, school physical form and a Certificate of Eligibility. The Florida Immunization Certificate and school physical form may be obtained from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County or family physician. Parents can get the Certificate of Eligibility at the Early Learning Coalition located at 703 W 15th Street. The immunization certificate is due before the first day of attendance. The school physical is due within the first 30 days of the summer program.
For more information call the Bay District Schools Pre-K Office at 767-4201.