Even though VPK is free for four-year-olds in Florida, regardless of family income, not all families take advantage of this opportunity for educational advancement. In 2018, 68% of 4-year-olds were enrolled in a pre-primary program in the US. There are so many benefits to early education. That’s why we want to encourage you to take advantage of free VPK in 2021.
The Advantages of Free VPK
The early years of a child’s life are the most critical to their growth. Studies show 90% of brain development occurs before the age of 5. VPK is the perfect environment to enrich children’s growth during such an important period of time for their young minds. Children are naturally curious and eager to learn new things. At Bayside Discovery Center our aim is to make VPK a place that children are excited to come to, as well as a place where they can learn, make friends, and explore.
While observers may think children are just attending a large playtime at VPK, this “learning by doing” style of experiential teaching is what helps young children develop essential life skills. It allows them to be creative and observe the world around them. In VPK, children will learn to communicate and cooperate with their peers. They’ll pick up important math and reading skills that will give them a head start in kindergarten.
VPK benefits children mentally as well as physically. It gives them a chance to build up their fine and gross motor skills through running, drawing, and other fun activities. Sending your children to school each day fosters independence. This helps the transition to kindergarten for children; and for parents!
Learning and Growing at Bayside Discovery Center
At Bayside Discovery Center, we provide a loving environment in which your child can grow. We have a literature-based curriculum and provide experiences in music, gardening, science, Spanish, and more!
In 2020, we were voted Best Learning Center, Best Children’s Activities, and Best Childcare Center by the residents of Palm Bayin the Hometown News. We are so excited to receive Readers Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Our dedication to children and their families continues to be the driving force behind our educational programs.
Take advantage of Florida’s free VPK program! Contact us today to learn more about VPK at Bayside Discovery Center.