Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers. If your child turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible or Florida’s FREE VPK program. Your child can attend one of the two programs offered annually. The school-year program includes 540 hours of instructional time and begins in August. The summer program consists of 300 instructional hours and can begin as early as May 1.
OUR OF SCHOOL TIME SERVICES (OST) This program is available to school age children ages 5-12 years. OST includes all non-school days (vacation), spring break and summer time. We also pick up/drop off from New River, Water Grass, Wesley Chapel, and Double Branch Elementary.
MONTHLY PARENT MEETING The parent meeting is an opportunity for parents to have a voice and provide opinions on preschool policy and procedures. Programmatic information is sought and input welcomed. These meetings afford parents the opportunity to learn tips and strategies to help make the educational process for their children a successful one. A typical parent meeting will address the interest or topic of the previous month’s groups. Staff will give an update about the center and take parent concerns before adjourning. Refreshments and childcare provided.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES Family activities include informal groups for children and parents. Throughout the year various activities will be coordinated so that families can spend time bonding with others.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS IN LITERACY PROGRAM (PPL) Literacy is an essential piece to a child’s overall development. Reading allows parents/guardians to spend quality time with their child that is both entertaining and educational. LENDING LIBRARY
On the honor system we allow parents/guardians to check out and use our library, so that they may read at home with their children.
LITERACY ACTIVITIES will be sent home biweekly in the newsletter. Materials for these projects can be requested from your child’s teacher.
TEACH AT HOME VIDEOS To make learning at home a bit easier Great Hope Preschool publishes videos to assist parents with learning ideas at home. Our goal is to provide hands on strategies to help close the learning gap from school to home. http://www.youtube.com/c/GreatHopeWesleyChapel
WELLNESS PROGRAM Fun and exciting health and nutrition materials will be offered on a bi-weekly basis to help promote healthy eating and exercise.
GARDEN - This garden is planned, planted, and tended to by the children daily, with proper support from the teachers. This program enhances the children’s learning experience by giving the children hands on venue for experimentation, and promotes critical thinking and science skills.
DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS- In most cases, these screenings can accurately identify infants or young children who are in need of further evaluation and are eligible for early intervention services. We use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, both developmental and social emotional on every child. Other tools used are Letter recognition and ITERS/ECERS (Environment Rating Scales)
We take great pride in the work we do and feel strongly about the entire family being at the center of a child’s education. Family support can be defined as whatever it takes to increase a family’s ability to care for their children and improve the family’s quality of life. Community brochures to assist families are located in the hall. We offer: parent meetings, family activities, referral to community resources and social service agencies, classroom intervention, information and education to improve care giving, family plan/goals and other formal and informal support and encouragement. 7.C.05
We have two locations:
Wesley Chapel - Freedom Plaza: 30126 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, Florida FL 33543. License #C06PA0267
Lake Magdalene - Rosewood Plaza: 1745 West Fletcher Avenue. Tampa, FL 33612. License # CHC433167
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