The Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation began participating in the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program in October 2005. The Florida VPK program was created to prepare every Florida four-year-old for kindergarten and build a strong foundation for their continued educational success.
Priority is given to students who register for the classes that include additional instructional days and hours. The VPK only program is offered when space is available.
Because of the difference in the length of the school year and the number of instructional hours, we anticipate families choosing the Pre-Kindergarten program that includes VPK with additional days and hours. Although there are additional costs, there is still substantial savings from the regular Pre- Kindergarten program. The Pre-Kindergarten program at the JCC & Federation provides a nurturing environment that challenges children. A print-rich environment supports the continual stimulation of emerging literacy skills, pre-math and number understanding.
Above all, it is a program where children’s natural curiosity and desire to make sense of their world are used to motivate them to become involved in learning activities and experiences.