In response to state legislation, the Okaloosa County School District offers a voluntary pre-kindergarten program.
Florida's VPK Summer Program educates Florida's 4-year-olds in the areas of:
- Physical Health
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Language and Communication
- Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
- Emergent Literacy
- Motor Development
SUMMER VPK REGISTRATION FOR 2017
Parents who wish to register their children for the Summer VPK Program are also requested to enroll their child at this time. Florida law provides that any child who turned 5 on or before September 1, 2017 and is eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year and did not attend VPK during the current 2016-2017 school year is eligible to attend Summer VPK. For Summer VPK enrollment, parents must provide proof of Florida residency in addition to the registration items listed above. To register for Summer VPK, a certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the Early Learning Coalition at 107 Tupelo Avenue, FWB: Phone number 850-833-9330, or the Early Learning Coalition at 10 S. 4th Street, DeFuniak Springs: Phone number 850-892-8560.
The Summer VPK site will be Wright Elementary (South area), enrollment permitting. Parents must provide transportation for Summer VPK students. Further information for Summer VPK enrollment may be obtained by calling Ms. Michele Hooper, Early Learning Coalition Program Director, at 850-833-3627 or Ms. Debbie Haan at 850-689-7211.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY will Summer VPK be provided?
In response to Florida legislation, Okaloosa County School District will provide a Summer Pre-K program for all eligible children that is "universal, voluntary, high-quality, free and delivered according to professionally accepted standards."
WHO is eligible to attend Summer VPK?
- Children who turned 4 on or before September 1 and
- Children eligible to attend Kindergarten and
- Children who did not attend VPK during the current school year
WHAT academic standards will be addressed in the Summer VPK program?
Emergent Literacy Standards:
- Emergent Reading
- Shows motivation for reading
- Shows age-appropriate phonological awareness
- Shows alphabet knowledge
- Shows understanding to text read aloud
- Emergent Writing
- Shows motivation to engage in written expression
- Uses letter-like shapes, symbols, and letters to convey meaning
- Demonstrates age-appropriate ability to write letters
- Shows knowledge of structure of written composition
Language and Communication Standards:
- Gains meaning by listening
- Follows two and three step directions
- Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues
- Shows an understanding of words and their meanings
- Uses an expanded vocabulary to describe many objects, actions and events
- Sentences and Structure
- Uses age-appropriate grammar in conversations and increasingly complex sentences/phrases
- Connects phrases and sentences to build ideas
- Uses language to express needs/feelings, share experiences, predict outcomes, and resolve problems
- Initiates, asks questions, and responds to adults and peers in a variety of settings
- Uses appropriate language and style for context
Other pertinent information...
- The custodial parent must reside in the state of Florida
- Transportation must be provided by the parent/s
- No more than 10 students will be assigned to a certified teacher, although 2 teachers may share a classroom. A classroom assistant will provide support in every classroom.
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided
- Kindergarten entry immunization and health (physical) requirements must be met.
HOW are children enrolled in Summer VPK?
- Parents may pre-apply for the Summer VPK program at http://www.vpkflorida.org. This step does not serve as the formal, final application but as a notice of interest.
- An application may be obtained from the Early Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties or from any Okaloosa County elementary school. A completed application should be mailed to the Early Coalition.
- The following must be provided to complete the registration process:
- proof of age
- proof of Florida residency
- health documents (immunization record, physical)