Bayside Discovery Center provides Preschool, VPK and Before and After Child Care in Palm Bay, FL within a loving environment to each and every child who walks through our door. Learning by doing is our philosophy! We try to give every student the choice to get engaged with the learning process, and then encourage them to learn by themselves. We provide experiences in library, music, cooking, gardening, dramatics, art, science, Spanish, sign language and field trips (VPK and after-school programs). Every detail, from our literature-based curriculum to the layout of our three playgrounds, is designed to aid in number and reading readiness as well as help with the development of fine and gross motor skills, not to mention fun!
At Bayside Discovery Center, we believe your child is more than just an age group. We will make every effort to position each child in the best developmentally appropriate classroom environment. We highly value our relationship with every parent, guardian, grandparent, uncle or aunt who plays an important role in our own students’ lives. Feedback from families is not just accepted, but encouraged! We want children to become excited to come to school each and every day!
Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK): If you are Florida resident, and your child turns four years old by September 1, your little one is qualified to participate in Florida’s FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program.
Merits of early education and of course the VPK program
Benefits of early education and the VPK program
- The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
- The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
- VPK prepares children for Kindergarten. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood educationprograms 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.
- VPK promotes a love of learning in children. VPK enhances what a child learns at home, and instills a love of life-long learning.
We are located at 2215 Degroodt Road, SW, just south of Westside Elementary School.